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Most people trying to lose weight or simply eat better think about their food choices and what they put on their plates. But what they are drinking each day may be having a greater impact on their health and waistline then they realize. Americans now consume nearly a quarter of their daily calories from beverages according to a 2007 analysis of government data on U.S. beverage trends.
Sweetened sugary drinks are currently the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain. This can include soft drinks, fruit flavored drinks, sweetened ice teas, specialty coffee drinks, and even flavored vitamin waters with added sugar. A typical 20oz bottle of soda has nearly 70g sugar which is equivalent to about 23 packets of sugar. A “nutritious sounding” 20oz flavored juice drink like peach papaya has 72g sugar which is equivalent to about 1/3 cup sugar or 6 tablespoons. Most people would never consider adding this much sugar to a drink they were making themselves.
Research suggests that people do not compensate for liquid calories by eating less food. Liquid calories on the stomach may not send the same appetite-suppressing message to the brain that solid food does. Liquids also do not require chewing. Chewing food which takes longer may allow the brain to register that you are satisfied.
Here are some tips to help you “think before you drink” especially as the warmer months approach:
For more information on the subject of beverages you can visit www.BeverageGuidancePanel.org. In March 2006 the American Journal of ClinicalNutrition published guidelines for beverage consumption that were developed by the Beverage Guidance Panel. These experts reviewed years of beverage research and made recommendations.
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