Let’s talk about beverages, shall we? When most people tell me about their diet, they seem to forget how calories not only include beverages, but calories from beverages accumulate like there’s no tomorrow. We often forget to include the wine we had with dinner, the juice we had for breakfast, or the 3:00 dash to Starbucks which I like to call the Caffeinated Milkshake Stand.
Drink options have changed from milk, juice, coffee, tea, soda, and water to 87 different types of milk, “juice” which is now artificially colored and flavored sugar-water, coffee now comes with whipped cream and caramel syrup, tea is sweetened to the max, soda is served in a GALLON-sized thermos mug, and water can cost $8 a bottle.
Protein shakes and smoothies (which should be consumed instead of a meal) can contain a tremendous amount of calories and sugar and are often served with a full meal!
According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugar (other than what is contained in fruit and other natural plants) that you should have in a day is 25 grams or 100 calories. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his book, Fast Food Genocide, “You should have none.”
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