8 'Healthy Drinks' That Are Actually Terrible for You

Don’t be fooled by all the hype — not every drink is as healthy as it seems

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Not every orange juice is as healthy as you think.

Coffee, tea, water, juice — it feels like every day more studies confirm that you can get your nutrients from the liquids you put in your body. Just recently, black tea was linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, and coffee, a long-touted health elixir, has even been shown to extend life expectancy. And of course we can't forget to mention the numerous health benefits of plain old water.

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But the drink aisle at the supermarket is filled with far more than H20, and health claims screaming from labels aren’t always what they seem. More antioxidants! More polyphenols! More electrolytes! The list goes on and on. But underneath the label can be a very different story; not every drink is as good for you as you think. After all, if 7UP has to take its "antioxidant" product off the shelves for misleading consumers, we’re sure that other drinks are just as dubious.

Hidden in some of these drinks are artificial colors, flavorings, and sweeteners (like aspartame), which many interest groups (like the Center for Science in the Public Interest) warn against in their chemical lists. And in some of these drinks, the mass production simply strips away the nutrients you think you’re getting. Think that fruit juice is the real deal? Not so much when it’s pasteurized and stripped of its fibers and natural fructose. But it’s harder to detect the health pros and cons when labels are deceiving; for example, coconut water boasts its potassium content but studies have shown that many brands don’t actually contain that same amount as what’s on the label.

Even worse, the everyday drinks you pick up at the store may be linked to some more serious health problems than you can imagine. Obviously, obesity and sugar are the most prominent in the discussion; after all, why else would New York City's Mayor Bloomberg have gone after large sugary drinks? But sodas aren’t the only drink stuffing in tons of sugar — your morning OJ may never taste the same once you realize what’s in it.

But the health crisis extends much further than that — infertility problems, heart attacks, cancer, and stroke can all be traced back to the drinks in the supermarket aisle. Click through our list of surprisingly unhealthy drinks, and consider yourself warned. 
 


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--- Felt this needed one more read....

Thank you Nunya, you said almost everything I wanted to say about this stupid article, saving me loads of time.

A couple of additional thoughts though. I really cannot stand the idiotic fear mongering crap that people like Marcy Franklin have no issue vomiting onto the internet. Does anyone do their due diligence anymore? If you can say that Orange Juice is bad for you because it has sugar, you might as well say water is bad for you because you can drown yourself by drinking to much of it. (http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm) <-- Look A real reference!

Here is some HELPFUL information for all your readers. Unless you are drinking Drain-O from under the sink, no actual food or drink is really 'Bad' for you. At the same time though, every food or drink is bad for you when consumed in EXCESS. Excess is the key word that !! If you eat McDonald's food every once in a while it is not going to cause Obesity. If you have a large 16oz steak on occasion, it will not increase the chances of a heart attack. If you drink a glass of orange Juice 1-2 times a week (8oz), it will not increase your chances of Diabetes. In fact your body needs sugar. Yes, I know the differences in what kinds of sugars there are, and I am not going to get into the details, google it if you must. I am making some assumptions on the quantities above and, of course, the amount to consume heavily depends on each person's body, current health and exercise regimen. Yes, I mentioned exercise! Why do you need to eat and drink food every day? Sitting on your sofa and watching TV?

If can take one think away from this rant, please... please! remember that your body needs nutrients, vitamins, sugar, etc. to function. Most people will take in more than they need. When this happens your body will either store the leftovers (aka fat) or disposes of it (waste). Exercise, hell doing anything semi active, will use the leftovers for energy. for those who are still confused::: Eat food in proportional sizes, exercise, and be active = Healthy living.

Avoiding food items all together because some quack says they are "BAD" for you is probably less healthy than just doing that last little think I wrote above. Self control people, Self control.

~~~That is all
-- Mike D.

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This article's title is misleading. It's terribly misleading.
1.) Whoever thinks that diet soda is a healthy drink, is clearly an idiot. Soda is soda, diet or not; it's all got the same chemicals.
2.) Same goes for sports drinks like Gatorade; not a healthy drink and whoever thinks so is also clearly a moron (I read the ingredients label on Gatorade once and I couldn't pronounce more than half of the ingredients).
3.) Who doesn't know that OJ packs a sugar punch? The horse is dead!
4.) Coconut water....... I don't drink this stuff and don't know a damn thing about it.
5.) Icing on the cake: SOYMILK! In your slideshow, soymilk is the very first item touted as being TERRIBLE for you. So, thousands of years of healthy cuisine from various cultures around the world, in which soy products (like tofu and tempeh) are utilized; means nothing? "Doctors have warned against drinking soymilk for fear it would make breast cancer cells spread"? Really? This sounds like a highly ambiguous statement that was pulled from some scientific-sounding article that was intended for certain types of people (like women who ALREADY have breast cancer). "....decreased fertility in some animal studies...." That sounds like code for "obscure animal studies that have little relevance to the general population". "....interfere with testosterone levels...".....I really can't think of anything drastically bad that would result from that. In my experience, testosterone seems to be the hormone that turns men into assholes. And sugar? Anything that is not water has sugar, dumbass! Some things just have more sugar than others, and there are plenty of soymilk varieties that have less sugar than chalky "very vanilla" types. So, because soy (and therefore, soymilk) has been "linked" to prostate cancer, breast cancer, and infertility, and "may also interfere" with testosterone levels; its protein, lack of cholesterol, and presence of omega-3's should just be ignored? What the hell does "linked" even mean? That sounds like an ambiguous word meant to whip the public into a frenzy over some obscure result or anomaly from research. I also like your "may also interfere" because it again says that either you're not sure or it's not guaranteed to happen. All in all, I think you walked down the aisle of your local health food store and found all the drinks and asked yourself how can you turn people off of these things because you hate vegetarians, vegans, and all other health-conscious people. So in conclusion, fuck you. I'm going to keep drinking soymilk to the end of my days, laughing at you and your idiocy in my old and healthful years. Cheers!

tdm-35-icon.png

Thank you Nunya, you said almost everything I wanted to say about this stupid article, saving me loads of time.

A couple of additional thoughts though. I really cannot stand the idiotic fear mongering crap that people like Marcy Franklin have no issue vomiting onto the internet. Does anyone do their due diligence anymore? If you can say that Orange Juice is bad for you because it has sugar, you might as well say water is bad for you because you can drown yourself by drinking to much of it. (http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm) <-- Look A real reference!

Here is some HELPFUL information for all your readers. Unless you are drinking Drain-O from under the sink, no actual food or drink is really 'Bad' for you. At the same time though, every food or drink is bad for you when consumed in EXCESS. Excess is the key word that !! If you eat McDonald's food every once in a while it is not going to cause Obesity. If you have a large 16oz steak on occasion, it will not increase the chances of a heart attack. If you drink a glass of orange Juice 1-2 times a week (8oz), it will not increase your chances of Diabetes. In fact your body needs sugar. Yes, I know the differences in what kinds of sugars there are, and I am not going to get into the details, google it if you must. I am making some assumptions on the quantities above and, of course, the amount to consume heavily depends on each person's body, current health and exercise regimen. Yes, I mentioned exercise! Why do you need to eat and drink food every day? Sitting on your sofa and watching TV?

If can take one think away from this rant, please... please! remember that your body needs nutrients, vitamins, sugar, etc. to function. Most people will take in more than they need. When this happens your body will either store the leftovers (aka fat) or disposes of it (waste). Exercise, hell doing anything semi active, will use the leftovers for energy. for those who are still confused::: Eat food in proportional sizes, exercise, and be active = Healthy living.

Avoiding food items all together because some quack says they are "BAD" for you is probably less healthy than just doing that last little think I wrote above. Self control people, Self control.

~~~That is all
-- Mike D.

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