diet-sodaWe often don’t realize how the things we drink can affect our diets.  We may watch what we eat, but forget to watch what we drink.  When we go out to eat, most restaurants offer free refills on pop or soda.  The calories from these drinks can really add up.  If you drink diet pop or soda, you may think you can drink as much as you want.  However, there is research that suggests diet pop or soda can actually be just as bad.  The link below is an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that discusses the effects of artificial sweeteners.  They can increase a person’s appetite and cause more sugar cravings.

The best beverage that you can drink without any bad side effects is water.  Water has zero calories and you can drink as much as you want.  It will also fill you up, so you don’t eat as much and it quenches your thirst.  Here is a list of several beverages and how many calories they have:

  • Water – 0 calories
  • Diet Soda – 0 calories (read article about harmful effects above)
  • Gatorade – 50 calories (8 oz.)
  • Coke – 95 calories (8 oz.)
  • Root Beer – 152 calories (12 oz.)
  • Sunkist Orange soda – 160 calories (12 oz.)
  • Mt. Dew soda – 170 calories (12 oz.)
  • Cream soda – 189 calories (12 oz.)
  • 1% Milk – 102 calories (1 cup)
  • 2% Milk – 122 calories (1 cup)
  • Orange Juice – 130 calories (10 oz.)
  • Bud Light Beer – 110 calories (12 oz.)
  • Budweiser Beer – 145 calories (12 oz.)
  • Red Wine – 150 calories (6 oz.)
  • White Wine – 168 calories (7 oz.)
  • Bacardi Breezer – 220 calories (1 bottle)
  • Margarita – 150 calories (3 oz.)
  • Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey – 97 calories (1.5 oz.)
  • Pina Colada – 526 calories (6.8 oz.)

Be sure to pay attention to what you are drinking and how much.  If you haven’t read the article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about diet pop or soda, be sure to read it.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that diet soda is better for you.  The best thing you can do for your body is drink water.  If you find it hard to totally give up other beverages, drink water at least half the time.  Many people feel hungry when they are actually thirsty.  Drinking more water will quench your thirst and reduce hunger.