Fit Tuesday: 5 Sugary Drinks (Besides Soda) You Need To Avoid

We all know the best drink to quench your thirst is water but sometimes we tend to crave something more. It is often advised that you flavor your water with something healthy like lemons or watermelon but sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to take a soda.

Sodas are high in sugar and calories, that we already know. But there are some drinks you may be taking that are almost as bad for you as soda, yet we have no clue. Well, read on to find out what those drinks are:

Hot Cocoa

Next time you think of sipping that cup of hot cocoa on a chilly morning, remember that one cup has 192 calories. It’s not something you should be taking especially if you are trying to lose weight.

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Fruit juice

We often opt for fruit juice when trying to avoid soda since well, it’s made of fruits and fruits are healthy.  For instance, a cup of grape juice contains 36 grams of sugar and a cup of apple has 31 grams—not far off from what you’ll find in a can of lemon-lime soda, which racks up 44 grams. Opt for fruit salads instead as it is high in fiber and will make you feel full for longer.

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Energy drinks

Energy drinks are not healthy just because they’re fortified with B vitamins.
They too are high in calories.  If you need a boost of caffeine, opt for a cup of coffee instead.

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Smoothies

It’s safe to assume that green smoothies are healthy right? Not so much. Even though they’re packed with fruit, having too much fruit adds up in calories and sugar. Control the ingredients in your smoothie to ensure you are not consuming more calories. 

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Tonic water

You’re probably sipping this as part of your alcoholic drink thinking that it’s better than using a coke. Well,  twelve ounces of tonic water adds 124 calories and 32 grams of sugar to your glass (that’s 8 teaspoons). Remember that next time you order your favorite cocktail.

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