Whatcha Drinkin?

This may be old news to some. A few of months ago I ran across a statistic that approximately one-third of America’s sugar consumption comes from sweetened beverages. According to this document from the CDC about one-third of our sugar comes from sodas and about another 10% comes from sweetened fruit juices (not 100% juice). After I let this statistic sink in, I realized that this was probably true in my case. These numbers are based on a study done almost 15 years ago, from 1994-1996. I would guess the numbers are much higher now, wouldn’t you?

Before we really started watching what we eat and drink, I was consuming about one can of soda every other day. There are about 41 grams of sugar in one 12 ounce can of Cherry Pepsi. Daily I drank at least two enormous cups of coffee along with 3 or 4 tablespoons of my favorite sweetened creamer in each cup. A serving is 1 tablespoon, by the way. So that adds up to about 48 grams of sugar in my coffee. There was also a good chance I might drink a glass of juice or some good old southern sweet tea. But why even bother adding any of that in. I was already consuming about 65 to 70 grams of sugar with my coffee and soda and was way over my daily recommendation. The recommended sugar intake for adult women is 5 teaspoons (20 grams) per day, for adult men, it’s 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily, and for children, it’s 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day. I was drinking more than 3 to 4 times the amount of sugar I should have been consuming for the entire day!! I was probably eating at least the same amount in processed foods, if not more.

So after hearing this statistic, I decided to stop drinking sugar. Now I drink an average sized cup of coffee with a couple tablespoons of skim or 2% milk only. No sugar. I usually drink 2 to 3 cups of unsweetened green tea. Maybe a glass or two of water, and a glass of wine with or after dinner. We rarely eat out anymore, but when we do, I usually drink unsweetened tea with extra lemons. (If you live in the south, you really have to emphasize the ‘un’ when you’re ordering. And don’t be surprised if they think you’re a tourist or an alien or bring you sweet tea instead.) A side benefit of cutting out this sugar was that, pretty quickly actually, it became much easier to say no to other sweet treats. I am proud to say that I have overcome my sugar addiction and no longer have a sweet tooth! Now if I could just do this with sodium. (I’ve been working on this one for awhile and I’m finding it to be much harder to kick. Suggestions are welcome!!)

There are a slew of reasons I drink green tea, coffee and wine each day. First of all, drinking water all day is just plain boring! Especially when you’re trying to cut down on snacking. Sometimes I’ll have a hot cup of green tea, also with some milk, when I get the munchies. That way, not only am I avoiding the calories, but green tea has been shown to help with weigh loss. These drinks are all high in antioxidants and have way too many health benefits to list here. And they are so comforting to me. Maybe it’s just the relaxation induced by sipping a nice glass of red wine or a warm cup of tea or coffee. Or, maybe it’s knowing that the cup is filled with dozens of health benefits and that there isn’t one thing in there to feel guilty about.


About Michele
Wife and Mom of three girls doing her best to lead the family into a healthier lifestyle and evolve gracefully.

2 Responses to Whatcha Drinkin?

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