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The problem with “health” drinks The problem with “health” drinks
While health drinks do contain ingredients that may in itself be good for you the product as a whole may be far from being... The problem with “health” drinks

Between 1990 and 2005 sales of bottled water quadrupled. There has been a dramatic change in our choices in the drinks market. While health drinks do contain ingredients that may in itself be good for you the product as a whole may be far from being healthy, especially if it is consumed on a regular basis. We are drawn to such words as ‘ fruits and vitamins’ and ‘healthy diet’ stamped on the labels of the bottles, that compel us to purchase the products without really looking into the real health benefits that they contain.

The world’s taste for bottle water has seen the addition of ingredient, flavours, vitamins and minerals, which are all produced to compel us into a healthier and tastier way of drinking water.

As it turns out some flavoured waters contain way more sugar that your coca cola.  The Advertising Standards Agency encountered an ad claiming that the product VitaminWater to be nutritious, they found that one bottle contained the equivalent of 5 teaspoons of sugar! A statement was put out by the company stating that they “have always been completely transparent in stating that the drinks contained 23g of sugar in every 500ml bottle.  It provides a convenient way to help people in hydrating and getting more vitamins and minerals that they may require.”

And what about your favorite dark chocolate shake that you always give to the kids in the morning?  Well these health drinks are mostly 60-70 percent sugar.  The damage of refined sugars to kids is acceleration in bone loss and deceleration in bone growth. The apparent flood of energy and mood level is only due to its higher sugar ingredient.

Great way to send your kids to school in.  It’s easy to see how kids can get hooked on these milky treats due to their sweet and heavy artificial flavors packed with refined sugars which take the serotonin levels at peak making your kids experience a quick “high”, this has proven to be habit forming in many cases.   If you notice that your child experiences changes in their appetite, or won’t get going without drinking their shake, or won’t drink or eat anything but the shakes then it would be wise to take the shakes of your kid’s diets.

How do you choose a healthy drink?  Well simply look for the ones that are closer to water and try to avoid the ones with added sugars, sweeteners, caffeine, salt, artificial colouring or flavours.  All these ingredients are not necessary and some could even be labeled as liquid candy.  One serving without all these ingredients could count towards your daily hydration levels.  With all food items, you have a nutritional facts panel, health drinks however do not fall under Standard Food Labeling, so health drink producers are not required to include a nutritional facts panel on their products.   This also permits the entire label to be used for advertising which can in a sense hide the actual “healthy” ingredients listed.  Please take the time to read the ingredients to get a sense of what’s in the bottle and if you’re on medication be extra cautious as some ingredients may interact with your medication and change its effectiveness.