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Tip For Today: It isn't just what you eat!

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Any good Ingredients List will show calories, sodium, and sugar, as well as vitamins and minerals. Make it a point to read the list on items you frequently consume.

Any good Ingredients List will show calories, sodium, and sugar, as well as vitamins and minerals. Make it a point to read the list on items you frequently consume.

Down the hatch with what?

I am a big proponent of drinking lots of water, specificaly cool, even cold, water.

But I know other beverages are appealing. In fact I have a large glass of cold orange juice handy right now. It has natural sugars, the equivalent of more than seven teaspoons of sugar.

There are some beverages most people drink, many of them with lots of sugar, and here is a list of some with none of sugar's empty calories: (all these are available by choice in a sugar-free variety) seltzer, lemonade, coffee, tea. and others.

Where we get into sugar's "empty calories" unless nutrients have been added, are when we grab a can or bottle of popular varieties of sodas with their sometimes nearly 200 calories from 10 or more taspoons of sugar (or 16 teapoons in some 20 ounce bottles and cans), sports drinks carrying 80 or more calories from five or more teaspoons of sugar (try just eating five teaspoons of sugar, ugh!), sweetened tea or coffee (without lemon, or ading milk, cream, etc.) will probably provide as much as 150 calories from 8 or more teaspoons of sugar, fruit juices such as he orange juice I mentioned, grape, apple, and lemonade which has been sweetened can provide 112 clories from seven and a half teaspoons of sugar in the 8 ounce glass of apple juice, 100 calories from about six teaspoons of sugar in he lemonade, to over 190 calories from 12 teaspoons of sugar in the grape juice!

That much sugar means that you meet some of you day's needed calories for just "moving down the road" at a good pace, from what may have been "empty calories" that leave your body still needing good nutrition, and in some cases using the water your body has, just to flush some of the caffeine or other substances you jut drank.

You may have added to your weight from any stored calories that originally came from those beverages or from the excess calories when you consumed the nutritious foods you needed.

The "extra bonus" those sugars provided: tooth decay.

If you crave, or just recognize your need for fruits, stick to eating whole fruits. Why? You will have consumed some of the fiber your body needs in order to stay healthy.

Three cheers for downing the cool or cold water your body needs today to flush today's toxins from your body without risking packing on another pound or two.

Don't end up with a talking scale that says "One at a time, please!" when you step on the scale. Your budget will thank you, too!

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Comments

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 10, 2021:

Good advice, Demas. We need to monitor our sugar intake. It is even in things we don’t expect to contain it.

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