Fizzy drinks are consumed by most of us daily and are undoubtedly tasty. But do you know how bad they are for you? Lets find out.
Most fizzy drinks contain lots of sugar, and yes even the ‘zero’ or ‘max’ drinks have added sweeteners and other ingredients to make it taste pleasing to the customer. This causes potential damage to not only our health, weight, teeth but these drinks are just full of empty calories, so if you're looking to get lean, these aren't what you want to be drinking.
Drinking sugary drinks increase your chances of gaining weight and body fat because they spike our blood sugar levels due to the high sugar content, which then can cause fat storage. It is also a large amount of sugar in one drink, therefore our body won't know what to do will all of the sugar, so what does it do? It holds on to it.
I learned a great way to calculate the equivalent of the sugar content in the drink into teaspoons. This is a more tangible way to see how potentially dangerous these drinks are and lets you see how much actual sugar is in one bottle/can.
How to do it:
It’s really simple, all you do is divide the total amount of carbohydrates (of which sugars in grams) in the drink by 4 and that will give you how many teaspoons of sugar is in the drink!
Now lets have some examples...
Looking at these figures, you can see how much sugar and calories there is in just one drink! Cutting these out of your diet or reducing the amount you have will help you keep balanced blood sugar levels which will help you stay or get lean. Reducing unnecessary calories and sugar content in your diet and replacing it with something beneficial like water or coffee is a much healthier option. Use the divide by 4 trick next time you pick up a drink to see what you’re putting into your body!
If you're looking to see what options are better to consume, our guides have a great list full of essential foods and drinks, things to avoid and foods and drinks to keep to a moderate consumption!
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