I love water. I’m certainly not a person who needs to be forced into drinking my 6-8 glasses a day. But whether you’re a water lover like me or not, I think we can all agree that every once in awhile it’s nice to throw in some flavor to that liquid that keeps us breathing.
What we might not agree on though is how that flavor is added. Skipping over the soda category altogether, there are tons and tons of beverages out there that are, for lack of a better word, crap. Yeah, all those Gatorade-like products sound great, with Electrolytes, VITAMINS, and Low-Cal tags pasted all over the plastic bottles. Vitamin Water even boasts of its benefits right in its name, in case you miss their boisterous packaging promotions where they tag each flavor with a certain vitamin. (Although, I got to give it to Vitamin Water. There side stories written on the bottles never fail to entertain me.)
But along with the fortified vitamins you’ll take in by consuming these products, you’ll also gulp down a ton of sugar, or better yet, artificial flavoring and chemicals used to create the sweet flavor, minus the calories, that allow many of these drinks to scream Zero Calories!. They don’t tout this bit of information on their package, do they?
As for fruit juice, I’d rather eat a piece of fruit than drink down a glass worth the same amount of calories, a glass that’s also happens to be missing half the nutrients and fiber of the fruit it contains. Don’t get me wrong, a glass of juice every once in awhile isn’t going to kill you. I admit it’s one of the healthier options, and I myself certainly enjoy a glass every now and then. But it’s also a sugar trap, and shouldn’t go down like water.
What about that beverage the dairy industry’s practically forcing America’s kids to drink at school? You know, the one that also comes sugar-laden in flavors like strawberry and chocolate. The one that we’ve grown up hearing is the preeminent source of calcium. Yeah, that one, the one that comes from cows and is designed to be fed to baby calves. Well, let me tell you, there are far better ways to get your calcium. And that omnipresent beverage, well, that one will also up your chances of getting cancer and a bunch of other diseases, something that politics helps to keep hidden under the rug. But don’t take my word for it. For proof, just read the China Study. It will fill you in. Leave the mustache making to soy milk.
Trust me, I’m not perfect either. I eat the occasional piece of cheese, or sometimes top my fruit with real whipped cream, or make brownies with a whole stick of butter. Or two. But even more so than juice, I definitely don’t think milk should be drank as if it were water. And it should not be the standard for school lunches…but that’s a whole other topic.
So I’ve pretty much poo-pooed every drink except water, right? Rest assured, there are some flavored options out there that I absolutely love.
Here are my go-to’s:
- Sparkling water with lemon, lime, oranges, raspberries, etc.
- Coffee- Go for decaf, or do half-caf.
- And as I said before, the occasional glass of juice…carrot juice is one of my favorites!
Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing one of my latest favorite zero cal, zero preservatives, zero artificial ingredient, two thumbs up beverages. And surprisingly, it can actually be bought in the store. What are some of your go-to beverages when you want a flavorful, yet healthy refresher?