Choosing the right drink to stay hydrated

Did you know that most drinks such as flavoured milks, cordials and juices have similar or even more Kilojoules (Energy) and sugar content than your average can of soft drink? They can even have the same amount of added flavours, colours additives and preservatives.

If you want to hydrate your body, your best option is to drink water or herbal teas. The amount of water each person needs throughout their day is between 1.5 and 2 Litres. This varies between body weight/size, how much caffeine and alcohol you drink, how much you exercise and sweat as well as where you work (i.e. if you work outside in the sun).

Most people don’t realise they are not well hydrated throughout their days. A good indicator of your hydration levels is your urine colour and smell. If it’s clear to very pale colour with none to very faint smell, you’re hydrated. If it’s the opposite, grab yourself some water, and re-hydrate.
I’ve listed below, the “goods” and “bads” of Soft Drinks, Juices and Flavoured Milks, to finish off this post.

Soft Drink
An Average Can is 675kJ of Energy
Goods:
– Well……there are no goods, unless you want a quick sugar fix, which you will surely come down from probably within an hour of drinking it.
Bads:
– Average of 10 teaspoons of sugar in just one can, which if drunk on a regular basis can trigger an onset of diabetes, tooth decay, and gum diseases.
– Most soft drinks can deplete your calcium in your bones and blood stream, because your kidneys try to counter the acidity by releasing calcium.

Fruit Juices
Goods:
– Contains Vitamin C
– High in water content
Bads:
– They may seem all wonderful, and sometimes it is the better option over soft drinks for its vitamins and water content, but they can also contain the same amount of sugar (10 teaspoons) per 375mL of juice. So that’s the same amount of sugar (even though it’s a natural sugar) as a can of soft drink, but just over half the amount of fluid.

Flavoured Milk
Goods:
– Source of Protein and Calcium, and can also be more filling than other drinks because of this.
Bads:
– Some flavoured milks can have up to 14 teaspoons of sugar in a serve!
– Some flavoured milks can also be high in fat and saturated fats which can impact on your heart.
– Most contain additives and preservatives.

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