In the majority of American grocery stores, you can find a few commonalities in the checkout aisles. Along with the tabloid magazines and chewing gums, sit mini fridges loaded with soda, juices and maybe water. Despite knowing that these not-so-little bottles of sugar aren’t good for you, they’re convenient and a tempting quench option.
Soda, juice and other sugar-filled drinks make up a HUGE part of the food and drink industry. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that around 59% to 68% (dependent on region) of Americans drank at least one sugar-filled drink per day from 2011 to 2014.
However, soda lovers may soon want to kick this habit to the curb.
Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) released preliminary research about these drinks– news that is rather frightening. The AHA found that adults over the age of 45 who consume large quantities of sugary beverages (like sodas, fruit drinks and some juices) may face an increased risk of dying from disease-related causes! Woah!
The results were taken from a joint study by Emory University and other institutions. They tracked the diets of around 17, 930 adults over the age of 45 for their study Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS). Self-reported histories of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes were left out.
Compared to those that drank less than 1 ounce, those who drank 24 ounces (that’s around 3 cans of soda) or more of sugary beverages were:
- Twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease
- More likely to die from death from all causes, including cardiovascular diseases
While diet soda wasn’t included in the study, one doctor overseeing the study noted that even with less sugar or caloric value, diet sodas “may not necessarily be a better alternative.”
Can this news get even worse? Sure it can!
The CDC links consumption of these sweet beverages with less healthy behaviors, such as eating fast food frequently or maintaining a diet with less fruits and veggies.
Okay, so what are healthy alternatives?
If you’ve looked for other drink alternatives to sugar-filled concoctions, you may find it increasingly hard, especially if you’re looking for juices! Not only are fresh, raw superfoods drinks only available at select health food stores that only exist in certain locations, but they can be pricey.
The cost can be more than a coffee and often times, the juices require refrigeration or to be drank immediately due to their expiration dates.
But don’t worry, that’s why we created Juice Bar in a Bag! Juice Bar in a Bag offers Purium’s favorite go-to’s blends in the convenience of a reusable bag, with a shaker bottle:
- Can’t Beet This!
- Bio Fruit
- Carrot Juice
- Green Spectrum (lemon)
- Aloe Digest
Get your fill of fruits, veggies and flavor with over 50 different blends. Cheers!