Several of my friends are currently doing a 24-day challenge to be healthier (and lose weight.) It’s not uncommon around this time of year. As I overheard a discussion between two friends the other day, I noticed that the one dieting almost sold her friend on the program except for one minor detail: no coffee.
Should you eliminate drinks for a healthy diet?
It seems as though many of the drinks we love to consume have good sides and bad sides to them. Depending on who you ask and what eating program you follow, you’ll receive a unique answer each time. Studies continually come out to prove that these drinks can be bad for you. Studies also continually come out to show that drinks can be good for you.
- red wine
- fruit juices
- cow’s milk
- soy milk
The exception? It seems like green tea gets the pass as “good” every time around. Oh – and of course we can ALL use more water!
To drink or not to drink…
Have you heard any of these?
- Cow’s milk is good for you because it contains calcium.
- However it’s bad for you because our bodies weren’t made to digest it and dairy is bad in general.
- Soy milk is a good alternative… unless you’re young, male or have no need for extra estrogen according to some.
- Coffee is good – it may help you prevent cancer and diabetes.
- But no wait – it’s bad – it is highly addictive, stains your teeth, could stunt your growth and lead to disease.
- Red wine is good for your heart.
- Wine has too much sugar and alcohol should be avoided at all costs.
- Juice has too much sugar – don’t drink your calories.
- Natural fruit juice is a great way to get in extra vitamins and minerals.
If you do enough Google searching on the topics, you’ll easily find arguments supporting both sides.
The key? I think moderation…
So what is the key? Well – not to give the Miss America’s “World Peace” cop-out answer here, but one suggestion is moderation. Too much of one thing can have negative side effects. I think the issue here isn’t so much what to drink or not drink – but how much to drink. Wine, juice, coffee and some of the other beverages that sit on the healthy vs. unhealthy fence all have health benefits. But, they all can bring bad side effects if over-consumed.
I encourage you to do your research – find out what experts are saying regarding the pros and cons of each drink. Make the choice yourself – what makes the most sense for you, your lifestyle and your preferences? The ultimate goal should be wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Figure out what that means for you and once you do – raise a glass and have a drink. Just not too much…
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