Don’t let the “healthy drinks” fool you

Don’t let the “healthy drinks” fool you. While the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in fruit juice give the Naked Juice a nutritional edge over soda, it can have the same—or more—carbs, sugars and calories. Both soda and 100% fruit juice pack around 110 calories and 20–26 grams of sugar per cup. It’s true, soda and juice are unlikely to affect your health in the same ways, but research consistently shows a link between sugary drinks and a higher risk of illness.

The American Heart Association recommends a maximum daily intake of 9 teaspoons (37.5 grams) of sugar for men and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women.

According to a Harvard publication, there is sufficient scientific evidence that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Unfortunately, sugary beverages are a regular drink of choice for millions around the world, and a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.

Of course, if you’re a frequent soda drinker or you enjoy juices like Naked Juice, it’s easier said than done to take part in challenges like Sugar Free September and to make the change to switch to healthier options. If it’s the carbonation you like, give sparkling water a try. If the taste is too bland, try a naturally flavored sparkling water. If that’s still too much of a jump, add a splash of juice, sliced citrus, or even some fresh herbs.

If you not only want to join us in a Sugar Free September, but you want to get your weight under control and begin the road to a healthier lifestyle, reach out to our Community Wellness Center and ask about the obesity classes available this fall! Contact the Community Wellness Center to find out how to sign up for a class on Obesity or Diabetes 559-791-3847. #sugarfreeseptember