From worst to best the top drinks on everyone’s summer drink menu. Every day we are bombarded with ads that bribe us to grab an ice-cold, refreshing, tasty Coca-Cola or Cherry Dr. Pepper to drink down on a hot summer’s day. These companies are unfortunately selling you dehydration in a bottle.
The amount of sugar in a can of Coke is 40 grams. That is 40 sugar cubes! According to the American Heart Association the daily sugar recommendation for men is 37.5 grams and for women is 35 grams of sugar… That means if you skipped out on sugar on everything else you ate and drank that day and decided to indulge on a can of coke for your sugar intake, you still would not be able to enjoy an entire can without exceeding the daily recommendation… that is scary! And while you slurp down that amount of liquid sugar, your body becomes dehydrated much faster than before.
So what’s the solution to skipping the soda? Many will claim that they make the better choice and drink Gatorade, PowerAde, or Vitamin Water to take in less sugar and that it is healthier than soda. Those companies again, have you convinced that the sports drinks are better for you than soda when in reality some are just as dangerous as soda. On average Gatorade bottle has 36 grams of sugar. Again, the amount of sugar in one bottle of Gatorade is close to or over the daily recommendation of sugar.
Moving on to our last contender…water! Water weighs in at 0 grams of sugar, always and is the clear hydration winner. Water is the purest form of hydration and is the longest lasting too. Keep in mind that the key to hydration is consistency and mindfulness. Drink water consistently and be mindful of what other drinks you are putting into your body on a hot summer’s day.