Be careful of what you drink: Your Drinks become you!
Let’s get down to basics – put aside what you are eating for a moment and take a look at what you are drinking.
Health authorities around the world encourage you to drink fruit juice, deeming it healthy. However, they fail to mention that these drinks also have an enormous amount of sugar! Fructose and added sugars in some drinks make your blood sugar spike. The truth is: there is more sugar per ounce of apple juice than in Coke!
Be very wary about advertisements. Marketing companies are very savvy at dressing up and twisting facts to suit whatever they want to achieve. If you are not vigilant or aware, you end up doing things that may not be in your best interests.
At the end of the day, sugar is sugar, whether it is fruit sugar, cane sugar, refined white sugar, organic brown sugar or whatever. Your body cannot tell whether it comes from organic fruit, chemical fruit or is bleached to death or whether it comes in a can.
Then, there is alcohol. Once in your body, it is converted to sugar. It does not matter whether it is vintage organic wine or cheap white label plonk from the cheap hypermarket a thousand miles’ drive away from your house.
What about fizzy drinks, canned drinks, milk drinks, chocolate drinks? Regardless of what is written on the cans, bottles, cartons, they contain an enormous amount of sugar. (Forget about zero calorie drinks – they are another health hazard to be reckoned with, and we’ll deal with that in another article).
Chilling out in coffee bars may seem cool and trendy AND the in-thing to do. Those coffees, lattes, frappes, cappuccinos, hot chocolates…most are very sweet.
This article seems like a wet blanket – full of ‘cannots’, ‘do-nots’. It isn’t, really. This is just to make you aware.
Diabetes is no joke. It is also the un-mentioned precursor to many degenerative diseases that include cancer and heart disease.
Life as a diabetic is no fun. Diabetics who are really ill are not sitting in Starbucks drinking coffee latte or sipping fruit cocktails and champagne in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. They are probably suffering at home or having their leg amputated in hospital.
Do not walk that path.
Check what you are drinking – cut out or cut down the sugar that you drink. There are lots of delicious drinks that do not contain detrimental amounts of sugar. Use your common sense and exercise caution.
Make Smarter Health Choices…Consciously, Deliberately, Actively.
Helen Chow, ND