Not just soda and cola: sugar-sweetened drinks promote obesity
Not only is drinking a lot important for health reasons, it can also help you lose weight. However, the drinks must not be full of sugar. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked that not only soft drinks, but also iced tea, fruit juices or coffee drinks can be real calorie bombs.
Some drinks help with weight loss
Certain drinks such as lukewarm lemon water, some teas or coffee with cinnamon can help you lose weight. But the majority of the drinks consumed in Germany achieve the opposite: sugar-sweetened drinks promote obesity. What is often not considered: Not only cola and soda, but also supposedly healthy drinks such as fruit juices or smoothies can be real calorie bombs.
High sugar consumption makes you sick
Health experts keep warning: avoid consuming too much sugar. If consumed frequently, the sweetener can lead to enormous health problems such as tooth decay, obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes.
A lot of sugar is absorbed in sweet lemonades. Such soft drinks are often the cause of obesity.
"Sugar-sweetened drinks should generally only be drunk in small quantities because they contain many calories and can contribute to the development of overweight," writes the German Society for Nutrition (DGE) on its website.
It is best to quench your thirst with water. However, many - especially young - people prefer to use flavored drinks. Often the calorie content is not considered.
Unfortunately, many parents also underestimate the high sugar content of popular foods and drinks and allow their children to grow up.
Numerous liquid calorie bombs
"Energy drinks also contain considerable amounts of sugar," wrote the Bavarian Consumer Service on its website. According to the experts, a can can contain up to 13 pieces of sugar cubes.
So-called lifestyle drinks, some of which are advertised to contribute to relaxation or to support a sporty and nutrition-conscious lifestyle, also contain significantly too much sugar.
But there are many more liquid thickeners. Some of them are actually considered healthy drinks.
Dilute fruit juices to quench your thirst
Fruit juices are considered healthy and are therefore drunk by many people to quench their thirst. But be careful!
"Fruit juices provide vitamins, but naturally contain sugar," says the DGE.
"Therefore, you should dilute them to quench your thirst (3 parts water and 1 part juice). The same goes for vegetable juice. The spritzer is also more welcome here. ”
Many smoothies also have a high sugar content.
In some of them there is even as much sugar as in cola, as "Öko-Test" found in an investigation.
A glass of milk corresponds to a small meal
With an average of four teaspoons of sugar per glass, iced tea and many so-called sports drinks are also not exactly slimming products.
Fruit flavored water ("Flavored Water") is not an alternative either: a whole bottle with 1.5 liters can contain calories from almost 24 sugar cubes.
Milk is also not recommended to quench your thirst, because a glass is enough for a small meal.
Too much latte macchiato, milk coffee and other coffee drinks that contain a lot of milk is therefore also not advisable.
The fattening alcohol is also underestimated.
“At 7 kcal / g, the energy content of alcohol is almost as high as that of fat (9 kcal / g). In addition, alcohol increases appetite and can therefore contribute to the development of overweight, ”writes the DGE.
Nevertheless, every healthy adult should "be treated to a glass of wine or beer every now and then, but not regularly and not too much".
The DGE generally recommends drinking or mineral water and sugar-free herbal and fruit teas to quench your thirst.
"In summer, a splash of lemon juice, fresh ginger or peppermint in the water or fruit or herbal tea can provide a change of taste," said the experts. (ad)