With the hot summer months coming up, we will be reaching for something to quench our thirst. This might include soda, sports drinks, lemonades, or anything cold and wet will work right? For your heart and brain health, there are better choices than others.
Just one can of regular soda, energy, and sports drink has about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar-sweetened beverages, including fruit-flavored drinks, are the top source of added sugars in the U.S. diet. An 8-ounce fruit punch could have 13 grams of added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (36g) for men and 6 teaspoons (25g) for women and kids of added sugar should be consumed in our daily diet.
Water is the best for making sure that we are hydrated, but admittedly, this could be boring all the time. The American Heart Association has released a video filled with great recipes to change up your water. The recipes will keep you hydrated, refreshed, and cool through the summer.