7 Worst Summer Drinks
Not all drinks are created equal. If you're concerned about looking your best on the beach this summer, then you have to pay attention to your calories. One major cause of beach-belly comes in the form of the liquids we drink. Most of us do not give a second thought to the extra calories coming from our drinks, but usually that is the culprit that will throw your diet out of wack. Some beverages can provide more calories than the meal itself and three times your recommended daily sugar intake.
Yahoo Health has published a list of the 7 Worse Summer Drinks to keep your eye on. Brought together by the folks at Eat This, Not That, this list not only provides information on what drinks to avoid, but also lighter alternatives. Avoid these beverages and you'll be well on your way to a six pack.
#7: WORST WATER
Vitaminwater Multi-V (1 bottle, 20 oz)
0 g fat
33 g sugars
As long as companies continue to sell multivitamin pills and your sink's faucet keepsspitting out tap water, you have no excuse to ever uncap one of these faux health drinks. This bottle has more sugar than a Snickers bar, so if you must indulge, opt for something from Vitaminwater's calorie-free Zero line. Or better yet, try Smartwater. It contains electrolytes that can help keep you hydrated when you're sweating out in the sun.
#6: WORST SODA
Sunkist (1 can, 12 oz)
0 g fat
50 g sugars
Soda is one of the more condemnable sources of calories in the American diet. It doesn't even bother with the pretense of nutrition—it's pure sugar, plain and simple. But among the throngs of terrible sodas, Sunkist is the worst. A better option: Izze. 70 percent of this bottle is filled with real fruit juice, completely eliminating the need for added sugars. It's still not as healthy as real fruit, but it's a sizeable upgrade from carbonated high fructose corn syrup.
#5: WORST BOTTLED TEA
SoBe Energize Green Tea (1 bottle, 20 oz)
0 g fat
61 g sugars
Leave it to an "edgy" American beverage company to corrupt green tea, a naturalwonder of the nutritional world. SoBe's product is merely a saccharine simulation of green tea, with "natural flavor" preceding "green tea extract" on the nutrition label. Gulp down one of these bottles and you've taken in the sugar equivalent of seven Popsicles. Go with Honest Tea instead—it has more than 80 percent less sugar and uses organic, fair trade green tea.