Unhealthy Drinks: Are These 11 'healthy' Drinks Good For Us?
03/21/2013 05:40 EDT | Updated 11/22/2013 04:02 EST Unhealthy Drinks: Are These 11 'Healthy' Drinks Good For Us? The shocking nutritional facts about many sugar-loaded drinks have been well telegraphed. You should probably stay away from a Starbucks Venti Iced White Chocolate Mocha and the number of calories in a Wendy's Caramel Frosy Shake will blow your mind . Meanwhile, a new Harvard study linked almost 200,000 deaths worldwide with consuming sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks, as they contribute to diabetes, cancer and heart disease. But what about our go-to drinks for a healthy alternative? We've been told ginger teas can cure common colds and beet juice can cleanse our livers, but there are still many misconceptions about the health benefits of so-called diet or nourishing drinks. Registered dietitian Patricia Chuey of Vancouver says these days, it's common to be confused by nutritional labelling on healthy products like the latest coconut juice or "miracle tea." "Who doesn't like the idea of drinking something and having more energy?" Chuey says. "It seems like a quick way to get a boost in your day, although there is very little, if any, science to back up these notions." Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is the best option, but not everyone has the time to eat their recommended daily amount. Chuey says there are ways to see if you're getting the most nutritious beverage. "A healthy beverage supplies fluid for hydration that is not adulterated by excess sugar, salt, artificial colours, excess caffeine or additives," she tells The Huffington Post Canada. "Ideally, it should not be excessive in calories and offers some meaningful nutrients such as vitamin A or C." This may leave you few options to choose from, but Chuey says this doesn't Continue reading >>
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Should I Have A V8 Fusion Energy Drink?
By TanyaJolliffe , SparkPeople Blogger 7/4/2011 Popular energy drinks like Monster, Full Throttle, and Red Bull have helped create a $7.6 billion United States industry over the last decade. Continued growth is expected with an anticipated growth to $19.7 billion in sales by 2013. These drinks typically contain the stimulant caffeine as well as other ingredients such as taurine, guarana and B vitamins all claiming to provide energy. The term "energy drinks" was created by beverage industry companies but is not a category currently recognized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) . There is limited evidence that these drinks improve physical or mental performance, improve mental fatigue or alertness. It is also unclear in the literature whether any improvements were the result of caffeine, the other herbal ingredients, sugar present in some drinks, or some combination of these ingredients. Now two new energy drinks tempt us with the appeal of 100 percent vegetable and fruit juice in the new V8 Fusion Energy and V8 Energy Shot drinks. Offered in tempting flavor combinations such as pomegranate/blueberry or peach/mango some are already on shelves in over 2,400 Wal-Mart stores. Is the new mix of well-known vegetable juice with caffeine, vitamins, and green tea a source of energy packed fruit and vegetables servings you should including in your healthy eating plan? The new My Plate icon reminds us that half our meals should consist of healthy fruits and vegetables to ensure we are getting key nutrients such as folate, potassium, vitamins A, C and K as well as dietary fiber. Including fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks also help people meet weight goals and reduce risks of chronic disease. One way Continue reading >>
According To A Doctor, You Shouldn't Have Had A V8
If you've ever found yourself wondering when you last ate a real fruit or vegetable (and no, you can't survive on mimosas and avocado toast alone), listen up. The USDA recommends between the ages of 19 and 30, women have 2 1/2 cups and men have 3 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. But between school and work and going out for pizza with friends, it's not always possible to get all your fruits and veggies in. To make up for the missing nutrients, some people are quick to reach for vitamins or supplements, and juices like V8. However, like the commercial says, could you really just have had a V8? To get to the bottom of this, I asked my mom, who happens to be a family medicine doctor, and Annette Washington, a recent Masters of Nutrition graduate on the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Apparently everyone is trying to go the juice route, because both my mother and Annette said it was a very common question. My mother laughed when I asked her if drinking a V8 is healthy and said, "Compared to what? A Venti Frappacino from Starbucks? Yes. Whole fruits and vegetables? Definitely not." So, it's not exactly unhealthy, but there's definitely some pros and cons. Con: Sugar Content and Added Flavors "The problem with V8 is that when you juice fruits and vegetables, you are losing some of the "good stuff" like fiber, and with bottled juices, you end up getting extra things like added sugars and sodium," Washington says. You see, fruit is full of carbs — natural sugars and fiber. When they're blended or juiced, the sugars are released, which removes the insoluble fiber. When eating fruit, the fiber slows down the body's absorption of fructose (sugar), which is processed by your liver. But when it's juiced, the broken down fiber allows our body to quickly absorb the fr Continue reading >>
5 "healthy" Energy Drinks...that Aren't Healthy At All | Well+good
When it comes to being smart about the beverages you sip in the name of energy and hydration, there are the basics that pretty much everyone knows. Red Bull = not so awesome for your body. And ditto for full-of-nothing-but-sugar juices and sports drinks. But many a discerning consumer has been duped by faux healthy energy-enhancing drinksyou know, those bottled beverages that seem to provide wellness benefits, but really justdont. Its not your fault. Its summer, and youre thirsty, but thats all the more reason not to be lured by suspect ingredients and vague health claims.Here, Dana James, MS, a triple board certified nutritionist and founder of Food Coach , helps us make sense of the beverages youll want to skip, and why. People think G2Gatorades lower-cal cousinis a healthier option, because it has half the carbs and calories of the classic.But sugar is still the second ingredient on G2s nutrition label,and, according to experts, theres just no reason for most of us to be loading up on what is essentially sweetened water, even if it is lower-calorie sweetened water. (Excess sugar, of course, is one of the main culprits in everything from mood swings to diabetes. ) Unlessyoure a competitive athlete or exercising for 90 minutes-plus, they shouldnt be your go-to-beverage, James says. Drinks like G2 do, however, complement intense exercise, because the sugar allows for rapid hydration and replenishes glycogen levels that have been depleted, James says, so if youre really going for it workout-wise, theyre an OK option. Fails the faux sugar test: Powerade Zero , V8 V-Fusion + Energy Just because Powerade Zero doesnt have sugar (which again, is geared specifically for athletesa big hint that its not intended to be mindlessly sipped while you sit at your desk), doesnt mean i Continue reading >>
The Best And Worst Drinks For Diabetics
Drinks for Diabetics iStock When you have diabetes, choosing the right drink isn’t always simple. And recent studies may only add to the confusion. Is coffee helpful or harmful to insulin resistance? Does zero-calorie diet soda cause weight gain? We reviewed the research and then asked three top registered dietitians, who are also certified diabetes educators, what they tell their clients about seven everyday drinks. Here’s what to know before you sip. Drink More: Water iStock Could a few refreshing glasses of water assist with blood sugar control? A recent study in the journal Diabetes Care suggests so: The researchers found that people who drank 16 ounces or less of water a day (two cups’ worth) were 30 percent more likely to have high blood sugar than those who drank more than that daily. The connection seems to be a hormone called vasopressin, which helps the body regulate hydration. Vasopressin levels increase when a person is dehydrated, which prompts the liver to produce more blood sugar. How much: Experts recommend six to nine 8-ounce glasses of water per day for women and slightly more for men. You’ll get some of this precious fluid from fruit and vegetables and other fluids, but not all of it. “If you’re not in the water habit, have a glass before each meal,” recommends Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes. “After a few weeks, add a glass at meals too.” Drink More: Milk iStock Moo juice isn’t just a kids’ drink. It provides the calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D your body needs for many essential functions. Plus, research shows it may also boost weight loss. In one study of 322 people trying to sl Continue reading >>
Juice Vs. Fruit: What’s Better For Diabetes?
This past week, results of a European study, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition in 2006, made the news. This study was actually a comprehensive review of the literature on fruit and vegetable juices. And while it may not sound like an exciting paper to read, this study does raise an interesting point. Here’s the crux of the study, according to the authors: “When considering cancer and coronary heart disease prevention, there is no evidence that pure fruit and vegetable juices are less beneficial than whole fruit and vegetables.” Dietitians may find this study to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s good news. For people who dislike eating fruits or vegetables, downing a glass of grape juice or carrot juice is an easy way to get the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants they need to help prevent heart disease and cancer. And we need all the help we can get when it comes to battling these two diseases. But, on the other hand, the issue of calories and carbohydrate surfaces when it comes to folks who are trying to watch their weight and/or who have diabetes. If you’ve ever met with a dietitian for your diabetes, chances are you’ve been advised to limit fruit juices. Why? Well, a 4-ounce glass of orange juice, for example, contains about 60 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate. In the carbohydrate counting method of diabetes meal planning, this is considered “one carb choice.” What’s 15 grams of carbohydrate, you might argue? It’s not a lot of carbohydrate, all things considered. But, if you’re pouring yourself a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, do you really measure out just 4 ounces? If you honestly do, great. Most people don’t, though, and end up drinking more like 8 or 12 ounces, since 4 ounces a Continue reading >>
V8 Juice - Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes Forums
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today to contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Does anyone know if drinking a v8 juice daily really accounts for the vegetable servings? I know to watch the sodium but since I don't always eat enough vegetables this would help take care of it. Gabby, V8 seems to lower my BS. I love the taste, and use it instead of orange juice, which is really hard on my BS. Guess this is something I should try....I always figured it would taste like "cold soup" which sounds yucky to me! I would think that it being tomato juice and other juices, that it would rise your BS a bit. I don't like it so never and will never be able to test that theory. Anybody game? 10g carb in 8oz. It should be BG friendly. I prefer tomato juice with some worcestershire and tabasco. Maybe V8 works as a substitute for fresh veggies - maybe there's no such thing as a good substitute for fresh fruits and veggies, I don't know... V8 is probably not unhealthy so if you like it - go ahead. There is another product that I know of that claims to give you a lot of what you would get form fresh fruits and veggies - wheatgrass juice is packed with phytochemicals . Click here for a chart that shows a comparison of wheatgrass to actual veggies. I've found it to be fairly BG friendly. I often have a small can of it for my PM snack at work. I would think the only thing missing with juice instead of actual veges would be the fiber maybe? Could taking fiber tabs fix that?I do eat veges just not enough to have 5 servings aday. I would think the only thing missing with juice instead of actual veges would be the fiber maybe? Could taking fiber tabs fix that?I do eat veges just not enough to h Continue reading >>
Beverage Dos And Don'ts For Diabetes
To successfully manage type 2 diabetes, plan your beverages as carefully as you plan your food choices. That typically means taking sugary drinks — such as soda, sweet tea, and even juice — off the table. You might be surprised at how much a single drink can affect you when you have type 2 diabetes. Drinking just one soda a day is associated with developing type 2 diabetes, according to 2013 research in the journal PLoS One. When you are faced with so many new constraints on sugar and other carbs after a diabetes diagnosis, you may be left asking, “What can I still drink?” Fortunately, there’s a variety of refreshing, flavorful beverages you can enjoy, says Katherine Basbaum, RD, a clinical dietitian in the Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation departments at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. Before you take your next sip, here are the top drinking dos and don’ts for those with diabetes. Do Drink: Water Water is one of the few beverages you can drink without worry throughout the day and a great way to stay hydrated. If you often forget to drink as much water as you should, Basbaum has a suggestion for increasing your intake: Drink one 8-ounce glass of water for every other beverage you drink that contains sugar substitutes or caffeine. Shake things up with sparkling water or by squeezing lemon or lime juice into your glass. Do Drink: Skim Milk “Skim or low-fat milk is also a good beverage option, but it must be counted toward your carb total for a particular meal or snack,” Basbaum says. Cow’s milk also provides protein and calcium. Be aware that non-dairy options, such as almond milk, may have added sweeteners and flavorings. Don’t Drink: Sugar-Sweetened Soda or Tea “Sugar-sweetened drinks are absorbed into your bloodstr Continue reading >>
V8 V-fusion Is Healthy, But Light Is Not
Here is another reliable product from the Campbell Soup Company, V8 V-Fusion which has NO dangerous food additives. This is a balanced blend of 10 vegetable and fruit juices reconstituted from the concentrates. NO sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Added; NO artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Bravo! DyeDiet RECOMMENDED It’s a pleasure to look at the DyeDiet risk diagram this time: it’s mostly green (13 nutrients) with only 3 harmless food additives (yellow segments)! Clarified banana juice is simply filtered banana juice. On the Campbell’s website you can read: “V8 V-Fusion is a breakthrough juice that gives your patrons a full serving of vegetables plus a full serving of fruit in every 8-ounce glass.* The result is a nutrition-packed beverage made of 100% juice that’s also delicious and refreshing. Get the Veggies, Taste The Fruit.” Yes, this is all true. The beverage is also loaded with Vitamin C (100% Reference Daily Intake, RDA), Vitamin E (15% RDA) and Vitamin A (70% RDA). This is good too, however, to me, the today’s America “vitamins rush” seems to be another extreme and, perhaps, potentially dangerous swing: the human body doesn’t need extra vitamins (please be patient, the link is a little slow). In fact, too much vitamins can make you sick. Furthermore, Vitamin E pills may raise risk of prostate cancer, not reduce. We need to take serious care about consumption of Vitamin A too. Sugar content: Stop blaming sugar, blame YOURSELF! V8 V-Fusion is rather high in sugar: 25 g per 8 OZ (240 ml) serving, that is close to 55 g sugar in Coca-Cola Classic, 20 FL OZ (591 ml). But as always, the solution is simple: Don’t drink Fusion in place of water, consider it as a treat. Recently a video “Sugar Is Toxic” has been spread in the Continue reading >>
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Is V8 Good For You?
Vegetable juices have become big business these days, and V8 is perhaps the best-known brand of vegetable juice. It’s portable, comes in all sorts of flavors, and is touted as being able to help you meet your daily vegetable quota. You’ve likely heard the brand’s slogan: “Could’ve had a V8,” but the question is, should you? While it contains nutrients from all sorts of vegetables, V8 should not take the place of eating vegetables. Nutrients are lost and most of the fiber is removed during processing of vegetable juices like V8. They also have added components that are of questionable nutritional value. Purported Benefits of V8 From soda to fruit-flavored juices, an array of clearly unhealthy drinks is available on the market. V8 is made from vegetables, and contains many of the same nutrients you’d find in whole vegetables. According to the company’s official website, V8 contains the juice of eight vegetables: beets carrots celery lettuce parsley tomatoes spinach watercress Due to the types of vegetables used, V8 is considered a source of vitamins A, C, and E. The juice also is considered low in cholesterol and fat. Given this nutritional information, many people seek out the convenience of V8 as an alternative to eating plain vegetables. The Pitfalls of Vegetable Juice Drinking V8 certainly isn’t as bad as drinking non-nutritive drinks like soda, but the juice may have some surprising drawbacks. The pureeing process used to juice the vegetables removes a large portion of their fiber content. Fiber, found in vegetables and other foods, is extremely important because it: keeps you full prevents weight gain caused by overeating regulates blood sugar prevents constipation protects against heart disease Whole raw, as well as cooked, vegetables offer a vari Continue reading >>
Tomato Juice Or Mixed Vegetable V8 Drinks Ok For Diabetic Patients?
Diabetes Forum • The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community » Tomato Juice or Mixed vegetable V8 drinks OK for diabetic patients? Because sweet is no good for diabetic patients, instead of drinking fruit juices, I take always tomato juices or V8 (mixed vegetable juices) . Any comments/ opinions whether these have any bad effect on blood sugar ? You will have to be careful with V8 drinks "If you are a diabetic or are pre-diabetic with fluctuating blood glucose levels, you need to take into consideration that V8 contains added sugar. Regular V8 only has around 8 g of sugar per 8 oz serving; however, the berry blend has 18 g. While it may not be a lot of added sugar per serving, if you drink multiple servings throughout the day, blood glucose levels could rise or fluctuate, making diabetes more challenging to keep under control." It is better to make up your own juices, as you can make a better judgement what goes in the mix. There is all types of tomato juice out there ,best read the small print. Check this veg out as it should be a great additive to your mix. Continue reading >>
Side Effects Of Drinking V8 Juice
The V8 brand of vegetable beverages includes a variety of products, including vegetable juices, veggie blends, fusion and energy drinks, and infused waters. V8 beverages are promoted as a way to help consumers increase their consumption of vegetables. Only 13 percent of American adults meet recommended vegetable intake, according to a July 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. V8 products contain a number of healthful vegetable-derived nutrients. The nutrient profiles differ, however, depending on the specific V8 beverage. V8 is generally considered a healthful beverage option, but there are possible side effects for people who consume large quantities or have specific health concerns. Video of the Day Loose stools are a possible side effect from drinking V8 juice. This side effect is not likely with the original V8 drinks, which contain only vegetable juices. It is more likely -- although still uncommon -- with the veggie blend and fusion drinks, which contain a mixture of vegetable and fruit juices. The sugars in fruit juices can cause loose stools or diarrhea, especially when consumed in large amounts and in the absence of solid foods. People who have an underlying intestinal disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, might be more sensitive to developing loose stools or diarrhea in response to drinking vegetable and fruit juices, not just V8. Too much dietary sodium can play a role in the development or worsening of high blood pressure, or hypertension. Some V8 drinks are relatively high in sodium, which could contribute to going over the recommended intake of less than 2,300 mg daily. However, there are a a number of low-sodium V8 juice drinks. Some examples of the sodium content of an 8-ounce serving of var Continue reading >>