Healthy Living in the Carolinas

Avoid Processed Drinks

Avoid Processed Drinks

This is going to touch on just the liquid consumption of sugar…

Many people don’t realize how much sugar they are drinking on a daily basis. Many want to live in denial, but they want the extra pounds to just magically go away. Many people doesn’t realize their energy level is low because of over-consuming sugar.  Sugar IS a drug. Seriously. Many people believe that if sugar was introduced today it would have a hard time getting approval from the FDA. That’s food for thought. Here’s a great link discussing the fact that Sugar is a Drug, www.hungryforchange.tv

From here on out, you will not be in that group of many people. Why you ask? That’s because I have spelled it all out for you in this blog entry. Keep reading…if you dare.

It’s time to get educated on the world of processed sugary DRINKS. If you are reading this, you now will know.

That only leaves two options for you… 1) you can ignore the fact that consuming sugary drinks/chemical drinks are causing you to feel poorly and is stopping you from reaching your optimal health… or 2) YOU can make a massive CHANGE. Starting today! That will impact your tomorrows for the better.

Here’s a list of some sugary drinks I see people consuming on a daily basis. Many of them being consumed by children not old enough to even understand what a gram of sugar even means and how sugar affects their bodies. That fault goes back on the parent. I was there once, I can admit that.  However, life is different now that I know the facts and how sugar negatively affects our moods and overall health.

Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters
2013 Ingredients: WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CITRIC ACID, SUCRALOSE (SPLENDA(R) BRAND SWEETENER), NATURAL FLAVOR.
2018 Ingredients: FILTERED WATER, SUGAR, CITRIC ACID, STEVIA LEAF EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Changes have been made to the Roarin’ Waters, but I still wouldn’t drink these because each contains 8 grams of sugar per serving. Water is best.  I am happy to see they removed the artificial sweeteners and HFCS.


Capri Sun 25% less sugar Fruit Punch
2013 Ingredients: WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, APPLE AND GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATES, CITRIC ACID, WATER EXTRACTED ORANGE AND PINEAPPLE JUICE CONCENTRATES, NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN E ACETATE.
 2018 Ingredients: FILTERED WATER; SUGAR; PEAR AND GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATES; CITRIC ACID; ORANGE, APPLE, AND PINEAPPLE JUICE CONCENTRATES; NATURAL FLAVOR.
This is a similar comparison because they no longer carry the juice I posted in 2013. The 2018 choice has 13 grams of sugar!
It’s hard to say how much sugar a child is supposed to consume because of the large age range of children. A good rule of thumb is to stay under 15 grams of sugar a day (for a child 10 or under).
Read what Food Babe has to say about it:Capri Sun

Sunny D
This drink contains 11g of sugar per 6.75 ounces. That isn’t even the worst part of this beverage. Look at the ingredients!

2013 Ingredients: Water, High Fructose, Corn Syrup and 2% or less of EACH of the following: Concentrated juices (orange, tangerine, apple, lime, grapefruit). Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Natural Flavors, Food starch-modified, canola oil, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, sodium Hexametaphosphate, Sodium Benzoate to protect flavor, Yellow #5, Yellow # 6

2018 Ingredients:  WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP AND 2% OR LESS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: CONCENTRATED JUICES (ORANGE, TANGERINE, APPLE, LIME, GRAPEFRUIT), CITRIC ACID, MALIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), NATURAL FLAVORS, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, CANOLA OIL, SODIUM CITRATE, CELLULOSE GUM, SUCRALOSE, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NEOTAME, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE TO PROTECT FLAVOR, YELLOW #5, YELLOW #6, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA TO PROTECT COLOR.

YUCK! And they advertise it that it will give you a “boatload of energy”? WOW. Do NOT believe commercials or labeling. They serve these at an Honor’s Breakfast at my daughter’s school. Ugh. They can’t even do real OJ? Canola Oil? I sure don’t want to drink it!

Danimal Smoothies

My kids used to suck these down 2-3 a day.  I will say they have changed the ingredient profile a little bit since 2010, but it’s still mainly milk and sugar. 14 grams in each TINY little smoothie container. The ingredients at the end of the list are preservatives and food additives.

2018 Ingredients:  Cultured Grade A Low Fat Milk, Cane Sugar, Water, Contains Less Than 1% Of, Corn Starch, Modified Food Starch, Milk Minerals, Natural Flavors, Fruit And Vegetable Juice (For Color), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Vitamin D3. Sugar went down to 13 grams from 14 grams.

Starbucks

9.5 ounces has 31 grams of sugar! Beyond WOW!

Orange Juice
There is approximately 22 grams of sugar in 8 ounces of concentrated orange juice. It is VERY important to give up processed sugary drinks if you really want to have more energy, lose weight, and eat clean! There are far better ways to get vitamin C, like eating a whole unprocessed orange.

Let’s do a little exercise, shall we...a pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories.
If you drank ONE bottle of Starbucks frappaccino that would be 31 grams of sugar (11,315 grams a year). Convert that to calories. There is roughly 4 calories in one gram of sugar. That’s 45,260 calories you could drop in one year by giving up ONE bottle of Starbucks frappaccino.  That’s over 12 pounds of calories in a year. If you aren’t very active, I’m guessing that 12 pounds is sitting somewhere on you right now.

Soda
Coke: 20 ounce bottle: 65 grams of sugar
94,900 calories a year from one 20 ounce bottle a day.
25 lbs of calories a year.
Mt. Dew: 20 ounce bottle: 77 grams of sugar
Sprite: 20 ounce bottle: 64 grams of sugar
Here’s a great link that shows the sugar in many popular sugary drinks: www.sugarstacks.com

Just in case you are someone that doesn’t consume ANY of the sugary drinks above, there is still a huge issue in drinking diet drinks…

I’ve touched on this many times.  Stop drinking diet drinks. Period. Need reasons to quit?, read this: Diet Coke Rehab

I get asked many times, WHERE do I begin this eating clean/healthy journey? I say, start with what you drink.  Drink only water, coffee (1-2 cup a day), brewed/steeped Green Tea, and/or any other all natural teas that don’t contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. Read the ingredients closely!

There you have it folks, my run down on why I feel it’s VERY important to overhaul what you drink. These are just a few examples to give you an idea of the sugar in drinks. I’ll touch on alcohol in another post.

I think I’ll go have a glass of water now.

xo
Angie