The 10 worst drinks for our health

How to best quench your thirst in summer? The temptation to choose an ice cold soda to cope with the summer heat can be strong. But is it really the best choice? Some of the commonly sold sodas are actually not as beneficial as certain commercials would have us believe. Let's learn to recognize them and replace them with water, fruit juices and homemade smoothies.

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How quench your thirst best in summer? The temptation to choose one iced fizzy drink to cope with the summer heat can be strong. But is it really the best choice?

Some of the commonly sold sodas they are not actually that beneficial as some commercials would like us to believe. Let's learn to recognize them and replace them with water, fruit juices and homemade smoothies. Here's what we should avoid drinking (the order in which they were entered is indicative).


Packaged fruit juices

Packaged fruit juices are more often than not nothing more than a simple set water with the addition of artificial dyes and sugars. The presence of fruit juice or fruit pulp is often minimal. It is a good idea to carefully check the labels to ascertain the real quantity. Organic fruit juices and nectars can represent a possible alternative, even if the best choice is their home preparation, which may involve the use of a juicer or a centrifuge.

High calorie smoothies

Pay attention to the calories with regard to smoothies and milkshakes based on fruit or with the taste of coffee or cocoa, which also include the addition of ice cream and / or whipped cream. They risk becoming real calorie bombs, as well as being very rich in refined sugars, of which we cannot determine the quantity when the smoothie is served to us at the bar. Better to opt for a homemade fruit smoothie.

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Flavored water

Periodically, and especially with the arrival of summer, bottles of water flavored with the flavor of flowers or fruit reach the shelves of our supermarkets. These are products advertised by way of a presumed higher vitamin content or mineral salts. Additions are usually minimal, while dyes and preservatives may be present. To enrich a simple glass of water, simply add a slice or a little lemon juice, or a few leaves of mint or stevia to be left to infuse.

Energy Drink

When we think of Energy Drinks, we usually refer to caffeine-based beverages. The problem is that most Energy Drinks contain a really excessive amount of this substance, accompanied by refined sugars. These drinks are able to provide us with energy in the immediate, but just as quickly will be the decline in strength. Alternatively, choose home-brewed green tea or a handful of nuts, such as walnuts and hazelnuts.

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Packaged cold tea

Both packaged iced tea and powdered iced tea mix may contain preservatives and dyes, as well as an excessive presence of refined sugar. The sugary drinks are thirst quenching only in appearance, since the liquids introduced by them will serve the body precisely to assimilate sugars. Better, alternatively, iced tea prepared at home with the classic infusion and possibly sweetened naturally or herbal teas to drink cold.

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It is probably impossible to identify the beneficial properties of carbonated soft drinks. Their consumption has been correlated with the spread of epidemics of modern times, with particular reference to obesity e diabetes, not to mention the common problem of tooth decay, which affects children first and foremost. Classic fizzy drinks are in general excessively rich in refined sugars and quench thirst only momentarily. It is possible to do without it.

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Packaged lemonade

Among the most refreshing summer drinks we find lemonade which, like the most classic fruit juices, is sold packaged on the shelves of supermarkets. Packaged lemonade may contain added sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives. Much better then prepare it at home starting with fresh lemon juice, which will also enrich the drink of Vitamin C.


Excessive consumption of liquor and alcohol has been linked to an increased risk of obesity and the worsening of health problems, which may concern, for example, digestion and liver. The American Cancer Society also made it known that those who consume 3 or more glasses of liquor per day increase 36% one's risk of getting cancer.

Diet drinks

Are diet sodas better than classic sodas? Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. Diet sodas most often see a simple substitution of refined sugar with artificial sweeteners, also not really beneficial for health, accompanied by the ubiquitous dyes and preservatives.

Sport Drink

Artificial drinks intended specifically for athletes do not usually represent a concentrate of substances that are beneficial to health. On the contrary, they mostly contain dyes, preservatives and a mix of natural and artificial sugars. To fill up on mineral salts without resorting to these drinks, you can choose plain water or fresh fruit juices.

Marta Albè

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