Healthy Swaps-A Glass of Tea
Soft drinks have been implicated repeatedly in this country's obesity epidemic. Studies show that the rise in obesity directly parallels the rise in our consumption of sugary soft drinks. While diet sodas and drinks abound, most experts agree it is wise to limit consumption of artificial sweeteners as well.
Water and seltzer are great options to quench your thirst, but why not use the opportunity to get a few more healthy nutrients in?
There are more types of tea on the market today than anyone could ever count. And they're full of health benefits – think antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, to name a few. So why not experiment with herbal, black, green, and white teas (Tazo makes some delicious blends), and find your favorites? Once you do, brew up a pot, let it cool and keep it in your fridge so you can grab a healthy "soft" drink any time you want.
Reviewed by Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N. 3/08
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