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8 Drinks to Avoid This Summer

Summertime is right around the corner and depending on where you live, that means scorching hot temps might be too. On a hot summer day, nothing feels more refreshing than quenching your thirst. While you should be filling up on water, there’s a good chance your summer go-to is something else — lemonade, anyone?

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But downing sugary and carb-loaded drinks isn’t going to ensure you have a happy, healthy summer. To stave off disease and prevent an expanding waistline this summer season, avoid these eight sugary drinks:

  1. Soda

    Soda wreaks havoc on your health in a wide variety of ways, from increasing your risk of obesity and diabetes to rotting your teeth. If you think that diet soda is a healthier choice, you’ve been duped. The artificial sweeteners in diet drinks can dramatically increase your risk of earth death from heart disease and increase your risk of stroke and dementia.

  2. Wine coolers

    The sweet taste of a wine cooler comes from fruit juice and sugar being added to wine, and the wine is usually the cheapest available grade. Wine coolers often contain artificial food colors, flavors and sweeteners like aspartame, making them a poor choice for a refreshment in the summer — or the rest of the year.

  3. Beer

    Along with its alcohol content, beer contains a hefty amount of empty calories and it’s a powerful uric acid trigger. Uric acid is a normal waste product found in your blood. High levels are usually associated with gout and high blood pressure, along with kidney disease and obesity.

  4. Lemonade and fruit juices

    An ice cold glass of lemonade might be one of your strongest summer cravings. Unfortunately, store-bought lemonade and other fruit juices are loaded with sugar and often contain high fructose corn syrup, along with artificial colors and flavors. For a healthier version, use stevia as a sweetener and make your own fresh lemonade at home.

  5. Sweetened teas

    Another popular summer drink, sweet tea is often confused as “healthy” because it contains tea. But if it’s sweetened, it also contains sugar. Opt for a glass of unsweet, fresh iced tea and use stevia to sweeten.

  6. Energy drinks

    If your summer plans are packed with barbeques, pool days, picnics, baseball games and more, you might be tempted to load up on energy drinks to keep up. While they can provide a quick boost, energy drinks can have serious health consequences, including caffeine toxicity, stroke, anxiety, arrhythmia and even death.

  7. Sports drinks

    Sports drinks are common during the summer months and many claim to restore electrolyte balance, conning consumers into choosing sports drinks over water. But the majority of sports drinks are loaded with sugar and may also contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors and food coloring.

  8. Frappes and other frozen coffees

For many, an iced coffee is the stuff of dreams on a hot summer day. But frappes and other fancy frozen coffee drinks often resemble hyped-up milkshakes more than coffee. They’re packed with syrups, toppings, artificial flavorings and more sugar than you should consume in a day! If you’re craving an iced coffee — stick to black.