While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional soda, sports drink or fruit juice, research has shown that people tend to consume far too many of these sugary beverages. Overconsumption of sugar has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and a variety of related health problems. In addition, many of these beverages contain artificial flavours and colours, which are toxic to the body. Fortunately, there are many healthy alternatives available that are just as enjoyable and contain little or no sugar or artificial ingredients.
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that provides health-supporting probiotics while containing very little sugar. This refreshing, fruity drink offers a pleasant fizz that makes a great alternative to soda, and it’s available in many flavours. Thanks to the magic of fermentation, it also contains a heaping helping of B vitamins, making it an ideal energy drink. Plus, unlike sports drinks and many sodas, kombucha contains no artificial colours or flavours.
One big reason why so many people choose juice and soda over water is because they find plain water boring, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can take advantage of the benefits of drinking water while still enjoying it. By choosing bottled water infused with natural fruit flavours, you can still have that delicious fruity taste without all the sugar of juice. These are also widely available in carbonated or “sparkling” varieties. However, if you want more control over the flavour of your water, you can also purchase natural fruit extracts, which are more cost-effective and let you make the taste as strong as you want.
Tea has long been known to offer a wide array of benefits for health and well-being, but like water, even plain tea can get monotonous after a while. Fortunately, you have many options. For example, Japanese green tea comes in many natural flavours, like orange spice, peach, mango and mint. You can also create your own unique flavours by infusing fruit, herbs or spices in your tea. Simply brew up your tea as usual, and while it’s still hot, add your other ingredients. Let them steep for a while and voila!
The primary role of sports drinks is to hydrate you and replenish electrolytes after vigorous exercise. Unfortunately, these drinks also contain many things that will harm rather than help your body. If you’re looking for a natural, delicious and low-sugar alternative, look no further than coconut water. Taken from the inside of young coconuts, this beverage is an excellent source of potassium, an electrolyte that is essential for helping your body achieve and maintain optimal hydration.
Almond milk is a relative newcomer to the market, but it has exploded in popularity. It’s a great alternative to skim milk because it contains fewer calories and more calcium while also being creamier. Although it’s available in sweetened forms, you can also find it unsweetened. It’s ideal for drinking on its own, pouring into cereal or as an ingredient in your favourite smoothies.