3 Surprising Truths About What to Drink in 2013

soda cans in the trashFor many of us, the New Year starts out with us telling ourselves all of the things we should start doing in 2013. But what about the things we’re already doing? What about the habits we have, the foods we are eating, or in this case, the things we are drinking? Start your 2013 with these three surprising truths:

  • Can the Diet Soda: We drink it because we believe it will help us curb calories and trim our waistlines. But many people are surprised to learn that the opposite is actually true: People who consume diet soda weigh more than people who don’t. And new research just came out linking diet soda to higher rates of depression – another reason to ditch diet soda.

Your 2013 Beverage Resolution: Swap the soda for a zero-calorie, flavor-enhanced sparkling water instead.

  • Bust the “Juice Is Bad” Myth:  A new study came out which found that people who drank moderate amounts of 100% orange juice actually had 21% lower rates of obesity than people who didn’t – and they had significantly better overall diet quality as well! The bonus? One 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice contains two full servings of fruit, your full day’s supply of vitamin C, and as much potassium as a medium banana. If you’re watching calories, bring it to 4-6 ounces of 100% juice a day. It’s a great way to sneak in an extra serving of fruit and keep your diet on track.

Your 2013 Beverage Resolution: Enjoy a glass of 100% OJ in the morning to rise and shine right.

  • Pour a Better Water: Enhanced vitamin waters are all the rage these days, but they can contain upwards of 50 calories per serving. So if you’re sip, sip, sipping these “waters” all day (a noble goal because we want to drink plenty of actual water), you could be getting hundreds of unnecessary, extra calories in your diet. And all those extra vitamins? A 1999 survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that the average person already consumes close to or above the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for many of the vitamins in these beverages.

Your 2013 Beverage Resolution: Get a reusable BPA-free water bottle. Your tap water is FREE, more tightly regulated than pricey bottled waters, and eco-chic to boot.