Choosing healthier soft drinks is a key part of being able to enjoy all the benefits of a balanced diet. There are lots of stories around about how much is enough and what types of drinks count toward your fluid intake.
You need to think about topics such as:
Advice points us toward drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day on top of the fluid found in our food. This will of course depend on a number of factors such as the weather and how much exercise you are doing each day. If still water doesn’t entice you, try adding a splash of citrus juice or some sliced strawberries to make your own fruit infused drinks.
Milk is great source of calcium as well as providing you with protein and vitamins.
Juices and Smoothies
These can count toward your 5-a-day if they are made with good quality ingredients. Just watch the sugar content and try to include vegetables in your recipes for a wider range of vitamin and minerals.
Fizzy drinks, flavoured waters and squashes
These are probably best minimised and young children should really try to avoid them. They are typically high in sugar content which provide a lot of empty calories.
Caffeine and energy drinks
Tea and coffee are fine as part of a balanced diet but had you thought about green tea for even more health benefits? One problem with caffeine is that it can make us urinate more and so may lead to us being dehydrated. Similarly, energy drinks can be high in caffeine and sugar.
Where to find out more?
One place to find out more about Healthy Hydration is by following that link to the British Nutrition Foundations website.