Many times people do not pay attention to what they drink, but just concentrate on the food that they eat. Most health experts advise patients to decrease the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages that they consume. Research has shown that drinking just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages daily can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke. In addition, according to a new report of the Framingham Heart Study, drinking sugary sodas was associated with more fat around the belly. Yet in the US, nearly one in three adults have sugary drinks daily (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Feb 25, 2016).
In addition to the above reports, a new study examined dietary habits of more than 18,300 US adults, and found that the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol (U Illinois, 2016). In this study, the subjects consumed about 4.2 cups of plain water per day.
The health benefits of plain water may be something easy to attain for most people. So, this one health change may start with increasing the intake of plain water while decreasing or eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages. The water does not have to be bottled water but can be tap water. Bottled water just makes it convenient to have water with you throughout the day! Pay attention to what you drink. This is an easy way to improve your health!