Sodas sugary juices and other calorie packed drinks are often pinpointed as the leading cause of rising obesity rates in the United States. But research shows that if you choose the right beverages in your diet soda isn’t one of them they can have a positive impact on your health and even weight loss. Green tea is often cited for its health benefits but it turns out that coffee black tea red wine and even beer can be good for you too in moderation. And the best beverage? Plain old water of course. Find out more about the best beverage bets for your health.
Beer for Diabetes
Hops or more specifically derivatives of hops called humulones are known to give beer its crisp and delicious taste. Hops may soon pave the way for the pharmaceutical treatment of certain types of cancers inflammation and even weight loss. Using X ray crystallography exact structure of humulone molecules and bittering acids created in the beer brewing process. Bittering acids found in beer have previously been praised for their health benefits.
Beer for Brain Health
When consumed in moderation one or two a day max beer can protect bone health heart health kidney health and brain health and it can even reduce your cancer risk. But moderation is the key. There is increased mortality in those drinking three or more drinks per day and any amount of alcohol can increase blood pressure which is a negative risk factor for heart disease and may in turn cancel out the increase in HDL [cholesterol] that you get from the alcohol. Not to mention the potential damage to the liver from the alcohol. Also remember that the calories in beer add up hence the term beer belly.
Water for Hydration
If you drink nothing else it’s critical to drink plenty of water. Your body is made up of mostly water it protects your joints bones and organs helps your body digest food and remove waste and keeps you hydrated. Water is by far the best way to get fluids in our diet. It’s practically free and contains no calories or artificial sweeteners or flavoring. Actually if we all only drank water as our beverages we would be much healthier. We don’t need any of the other beverage options. Many people are confused about how much water to drink water can come from places besides your tap. having an adequate intake of about 9 to 13 cups of water a day. It’s important to remember that many other fluids and watery foods count toward that recommendation too.
Milk for Bone Health
Cow’s milk remains controversial in some circles but many including the federal government point to low fat or fat free milk for its important bone health benefits especially in growing children. It’s a good source of protein calcium and vitamin D Colson says. It’s great for people who are not lactose intolerant or allergic to the protein in milk. For vegans or people with lactose allergies dairy free milks such as soy and almond are also great choices. Many dairy free milks are lower in calories than cow’s milk and supplemented with calcium and vitamin D so in some cases they contain more of these essential nutritents than dairy options.
Vegetable Juice for Vitamins
If you like drinking juice to start your day tomato juice and other vegetable juices might be better than the traditional OJ. Besides a high water content they are rich in a number of nutrients including vitamin A vitamin C and lycopene.
Black Tea for Disease Prevention
If you prefer the taste of tea black tea whether hot or iced offers many of the same health benefits as coffee. Black tea may provide a slight metabolic boost and it is chockfull of antioxidants she says. But she warns that more than a cup a day can dehydrate you and you’ll need to drink more plain water to compensate.
Green Tea for Antioxidants
For a big time antioxidant boost green tea seems to have both coffee and black tea beat. Green tea is a wonderful alternative