In the 1970s, Americans got 6-8% of their daily calories from drinks, but today, 21% of their daily calories from beverages. Not counting what’s in that glass, cup, can or mug may be a major cause of the alarming increase in obesity.
Both the beverage-drinking patterns and overall health of U.S. adults have changed considerably over the past several decades
Eight to twelve cups of water daily- Whether you are having a hard time drinking that much water, or just want to drink a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, diet soda, juice), many challenge and question the "8-12" rule.
For an adult on the standard 2,200-calorie diet, no more than 200-300 calories should come from fluids.
Adults consuming fewer than 2,200 calories should limit calorie-containing beverages even more—to less than 200 calories daily.
When eating a healthy diet, water can meet all of your fluid needs. This is the ideal choice and what medical and fitness professional recommend.
Coffee has some limited health benefits, while tea provides a variety of flavonoids and antioxidants. Both contain caffeine, which should be limited to less than 400 milligrams daily. Always check with a licensed health care provider if you are taking medications or pregnant.
Milk is an important source of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Through fortification, it is also a good source of Vitamin D. Fortified Soymilk is a good alternative with many of the same benefits.
100% Fruit & Vegetable Juices and Smoothies provide nutrients in their natural state, but lack fiber and some of the nutrients that are found in whole fruits and vegetables. Limit juices, unless they are juiced fresh at home.
What ever beverage you chose, remember there are health benefits as well possible health risks. Be on the safe side.
Drink your water!