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Put Down That Sports Drink! 4 Beverage Myths–Busted

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011


by Leigh Ann Otte

If I were to estimate how many news stories I’ve heard about coffee research over the years, I’d say it’d be somewhere close to a billion. Give or take. But I’m betting most of us still can’t say whether it’s healthy.

How about black tea? Diet soda? Sports drinks?

Well, we’ve got the rundown for you. In this week’s featured article, “8 Drinks and Your Health: Clearing Up Confusing Research,” registered dietitian Jill Weisenberger sums up the research on eight beverages. Here are four myths she debunks:

  1. “Black tea doesn’t have health benefits.” Wrong. Like green tea, it has antioxidants (though not as much). It may also have other benefits.
  2. “Fruit juice is the same as fruit.” Nope. It doesn’t have the fiber, doesn’t satisfy hunger and has more calories. (That’s not to say it’s not good for you.)
  3. “I should drink sports drinks when exercising.” If you’re exercising intensely for more than an hour or sweating a lot, go for it. Otherwise, go for water. It doesn’t have the calories.
  4. “You need eight glasses of water a day.” Nah. Just drink when you’re thirsty.

Jill also answers which is the best milk substitute: soymilk or rice milk. One has more protein. Do you know which?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a professional health writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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