Sugary drinks or “soft” drinks refer to any beverage with added sugar or other sweeteners. This includes soda, pop, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened powdered drinks, as well as sports and energy drinks. So, why are these drinks so unhealthy?
People who drink sugary beverages do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food, and they also don’t compensate for the high caloric content of these beverages by eating less food. The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from added sugar.
Should you not drink sugary drinks?
You should avoid all sugary drinks that are derived from processed sugar or that are pasteurized beverages. These are any drinks you find in a grocery store that the store has not made itself. According to the FDA, any beverage that is intended for wholesale must be pasteurized. This means that if a drink is sitting on the shelf at a grocer, then it has been pasteurized and the nutritional benefit is probably gone.