Fruit drinks are as bad, or worse, than soda in terms of sugar.

I gave up drinking regular soda in my thirties due to my weight and switched to diet sodas because they were “healthier.” Then it turns out they really aren’t all that much better for you so I gave those up as well. It’s been almost a year since I stopped drinking diet pop and in that time I’ve only broken down once, about three weeks ago, and I only drank half of it because diet pop had gone back to tasting like shit. My beverages these days consist mainly of way more water than I’d ever think I’d drink (it’s not uncommon for me to go through 4 32 oz bottles of it a day, if not more) and coffee.

Plus the occasional lemon-aid and/or fruit drink. But I try to avoid those as well because they also tend to be packed with sugar. Especially “fruit” drinks:

If you’re drinking fruit drinks because you think they’re healthier then you may as well go back to drinking soda. Because it’s pretty much the same thing in terms of sugar intake. You can find juice drinks that are mostly juice, but you have to really read the labels to make sure you’re not getting fruit-flavored sugar water. I track them down from time to time when I get sick of drinking water all the time, but these days it’s easier (if less flavorful) to just drink water.

Still hatin’ every burning second of it, but I’m doing it.

6 thoughts on “Fruit drinks are as bad, or worse, than soda in terms of sugar.

  1. I’m in a similar boat. When I first started working out a few years back the only dietary change I made was to cut pop (or soda, to you Michiganders, apparently) out of my diet. This and weight-lifting alone, no cardio, caused me to drop about 20 pounds in a few months. Then last year when I decided to finally make a serious effort to drop weight I switched to water and little else. Even actual juice is packed with calories but at least you can find some juice that’s not from concentrate and has no sugar added. And at least juice has more to it than sugar and water so you’re getting something else with your calories. These days I only ever drink pop when I’m eating out, it’s only ever diet (for all the good that’ll do me; thanks for bursting that gris-gris last year, Les), and it’s not even every time I go out.

    For me the hardest thing was getting over my ingrained tastes. Pizza, for example, just does not taste right when accompanied by water. I’ve gotta have something sugary and carbonated. Likewise with a really good restaurant burger. I’ve associated these tastes for so long that it’s very difficult to get used to certain foods combined with water.

    What makes it easier, though, is how a glass of Diet Coke at a restaurant can cost upwards of $3.

  2. Yeah, at this point, my sugar drink is iced tea, and I make sure it’s both hot and quite watered down.

    I don’t have much of a sweet tooth these days. I made chocolate chip cookie dough brownies over a week ago, and 3/4 of the pan is still there.

  3. I have to question the 60% increase per drink stat. Without knowing what the chances of a kid becoming obese are to begin with, I can’t do the actual math on this… but, if a kid has a 30% of becoming obese normally, are they saying one drink a day increases that to 48%? So a second drink ups that to 76.8% and if the kid drinks a third one, his chances are now 122.88% increased? I believe that means any kid who drinks 3 typical fruit juices a day is guaranteed to be obese?

  4. For years, I had a pretty serious Mountain Dew habit. I carried around a huge insulated mug I’d fill at the fountain. On a hot, hard-working day, I’d drink a gallon or more! At home I’d drink alot of OJ from concentrate.
    After an expensive trip to the dentist, I’ve finally kicked the habit. I brew pots of tea at home with barely enough sugar to take the bitter edge off. I think I may be slimming down even.
    The tea is a MUCH better alternative.

  5. Heh, Artor, I had a Diet Mt. Dew habit to rival your Mt. Dew habit, and I too switched to tea (white tea and banana-chocolate tea are my favorites) after a frightening dentist trip, though I use stevia in mine instead of sugar. I’ve read some articles that claim drinking diet soda won’t help you lose/maintain weight because the artificial sweeteners in it just make you hungrier, and for high-calorie food, too, but that wasn’t the case with me. I also switched because, even if it wasn’t making me overweight, the crap in diet soda isn’t good for you. It really bothers me the way huge food/beverage corporations can advertise unashamedly to children… I don’t like the idea of the government interfering in peoples’ basic right to choose how to live their lives, but in this case, where it’s peoples’ health at stake I think something should be done, especially since younger children cannot distinguish fantasy from reality and associate colorful packaging with food that is ‘good’ for them. So I suppose having gov’t regulations on advertising isn’t actually interfering in people’s right to choose, it’s just (in my opinion) prohibiting corporations from preying on children. Not sure if that might invite some sort of ‘slippery slope’ comment by someone else; perhaps I’m short-sighted or naive but I cannot see anything adverse about protecting children from misleading advertising encouraging them to make choices that will impact their habits for the rest of their lives.

  6. I cannot see anything adverse about protecting children from misleading advertising encouraging them to make choices that will impact their habits for the rest of their lives.

    “Christianity” or “Islam” come to mind???

    😉

    Peace.

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