Bottled Drinks: the good, the bad, the ugly

What you drink probably isn’t always the first thing on your mind when you’re thinking about being healthy. I think for most people, they simply don’t pay as much attention to what they drink. Ignorance is bliss, right? I feel like I always overhear countless people saying “just get the diet one” or “it says natural so that’s ok right?” Wrong. Usually, the ones that are screaming they’re good for you are exactly the opposite. Let’s talk about a few of the popular “healthy” drinks, shall we?

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Diet sodas – To me, it’s so astounding, the number of people who still think this is a healthy option. The artificial sweeteners that claim to be saving you calories actually aren’t saving you any. They actually still trigger insulin, which tells your body to store fat. The sweeteners also dull your taste buds, so natural things like fruit don’t have as much flavor to diet soda drinkers, even though fruit is packed with flavor. Research from the University of Texas found that diet soda drinkers actually had a 70% greater waist circumference increase. It puts you at risk for a whole bunch of health issues, like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, migraines, depression, osteoporosis and even cancer.

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Fruit Juices – This is another one that surprises me people still think are healthy. Now I’m not talking about fresh fruit juice that comes straight from a piece of fruit itself, I’m talking about the bottled stuff. Not only do they contain a ton of sugar, but all the nutrients and vitamins are gone. Even the ones that say “100% pure” or “All Natural”, you can be 100% sure it’s not good for you.

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Let’s switch tracks now and talk about a drink I love, Teaonic. On their page, they explain Teaonic as “Tea + Tonic = TEAONIC Delicious, ready-to-go, brewed organic herbal tea supplements…specially created to address 21st century health needs and achieve balance every day.” Their drinks are infused with wholesome herbs, roots, leaves, barks, fruits, flowers, and spices and they’re all beneficial for you! With no added sugars or any other bad stuff. My top 3 favorites are: I love My Femininity, Liver, and Brain. They have a tab for where to buy, so you can see if anyone stocks them near you. Or, you can buy a six pack from them. You can even make your own variety pack.

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Lastly, all the bad ones come in plastic bottles, and the plastic is leaching chemicals into the drink as well. So, I don’t know about you, but if I’m going splurge, I would rather it be on something like pizza or tacos. Mmmmmm tacos 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Bottled Drinks: the good, the bad, the ugly

  1. YESSS I love this post so much! So many people think that fruit juices and diet pop are good for them. Some diet pops still contain aspartame… which is a NEUROTOXIN. It’s crazy to me they can put that in our consumables! Thanks for educating us 🙂 !

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    1. I know right!? My mind is always blown when someone is still drinking diet. Even aside from all the side effects, which are awful, I don’t see the draw to some fizzy sugar water that’s brown…

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  2. My doctors have told me to cut down on the carbs. OJ and other juices are so high in carbs that they are like “forbidden fruit”. As for sodas, I rarely drink them. There is this one local drink called Bai that is flavored with stevia. I’ve read articles saying that stevia, which is actually a natural sweetener, is the lesser of the sweetening evils. Do you have an opinion on that?

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    1. I’ve heard the same thing. Since stevia is planted based it’s not as bad and it doesn’t have all of the awful chemicals in it. I definitely think it’s a good alternative!

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