“Healthy drinks” are not healthy ?!?!???
You must be thinking that what an absurd statement I’ve just made.
Well if you are thinking that now, I bet you will think the opposite after you read the whole post. Before I start the post, let me clarify what kind of “Healthy drinks” am I precisely talking about.
The drinks which I will be discussing are the ones that have been accepted as “healthy” by a large section of people. Maybe for their specific so-called “benefits” like weight loss, lowering blood sugar levels, etc. Or because of some of the other unknown reasons. HOWEVER, all these drinks are not healthy. I will explain JUST WHY. See, they have been popularised and hyped up only due to marketing campaigns and strategies. They have literally either no benefits at all or have no major impact on health as told to have. So here are some examples –
- Green Tea
- Packed Smoothies
- Water with lemon and honey
- Energy drinks
- Packed fruit juice
- 0-calorie diet coke
- Sports drinks
So, what’s wrong with the “healthy drinks” ?
There are plenty of things that are wrong with these things. But the people just ignore them because they have assumed all by themselves that anything which has fruits, vitamins, or low calories associated with it, is healthy.
But now I am going to debunk all these myths and “benefits” of these drinks. So that even you can understand why I had made that absurd statement in the beginning. I will explain all the points with their examples so that you can relate them to the so-called healthy drinks –
- 0 calories mean good health ? – Nowadays, many people think that they should become health conscious. Instead of drinking normal coke or any other drink, they should go for the “0-calorie” option. And the worst part of this mentality is that after consuming such a drink, they feel proud !!!! But you know what, the “0 calories” option is actually equally harmful as the normal one, almost. This is because, even though this type of drink may not have any sugar, calories, or fats, they still have artificial sweeteners. This statement of a Healthline’s post sums up the situation of such beverages completely – “Though the research is inconsistent, some studies find that the use of artificial sweeteners may contribute to the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase disease risk.” Artificial sweeteners have also been associated with an increased risk of diabetes.
- Lemon and Honey may be always helpful ?– See, when lemon and honey are mixed in water and then consumed, it does really benefits our bodies in several ways. BUT, there are some highly illogical myths revolving around this great pair which I want to shed some light on. Some common myths are that it reduces fat, boosts mental performance, removes acne. So first things first, this solution DOES not reduce fat. It can be done only by remaining in a calorie deficit. Secondly, there is no evidence that honey and lemon boost cognitive abilities. And lastly, it does not remove acne but it actually does the complete opposite. However, honey when applied directly to the skin can help with acne.
- Consume green tea, belly fat reduction immediately?– I think this is one of the biggest myths which is publicized in our world of netizens. See, there are countless benefits of green tea, I agree. But this one is just so untrue. No one can lose weight or fat just by consuming a “special” drink or food. Weight loss involves many other things. However, the basic principle of losing weight is being in a calorie deficit. Click here to know how can one lose weight exactly !!!!
- Energy drinks and sports drinks are best for re-hydration? – This can be correct in some cases but most of the time, it’s not. See, these drinks are required by people who undergo heavy physical work every day and burn lots of calories. But these are not safe for consumption when you’re doing nothing and just want to drink them for fun or even if you just want to drink them after your evening sports. This is because they contain too much sugar and caffeine which cause weight gain and deprivation of sleep respectively. These drinks can also cause dental problems.