Monday, February 23, 2009

What do I drink NOW???

A recent study in the January Diabetes Care journal ( indicated that those who drink diet soda on a daily basis are at significant risk of developing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. The studies authors state, "although these observational data cannot establish causality, consumption of diet soda at least daily was associated with significantly greater risks of select incident Metabolic Syndrome components and type 2 diabetes."

"Limitations of this study include observational design, precluding determination of causality; possible confounding by other dietary and lifestyle/behavioral factors; and difficulties in estimating intake of diet soda or artificial sweetener."

So, how do you still get a little flavor with your water or get your fix of carbonation without a lot of added sugars? Try:
  • sparkling water with 1-2 oz of your (or your child's) favorite juice added (homemade soda)
  • Making your own flavored water: use a large pitcher of water and add fruit slices (or veggie slices- cucumber water is very refreshing) and leave overnight in the refrigerator. The result is a delicious flavored water with very little sugar added.
  • Try decaf unsweetened iced tea for something different.
  • Try diluted juice (1/4 juice and 3/4 water)

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