Are functional drinks healthy?

A growing number of "functional beverages" including juice, tea, soft drinks and flavored water enhanced with herbs, phytonutrients and other ingredients are being marketed with promises to improve your memory, put you in a better mood, relieve stress, give you energy and fight fat.

Do these drinks deliver on all these claims? In reality, most functional beverages have not been found to offer special health benefits for most healthy people. Claims aren't proven; the amount of the added ingredient is neither standardized nor identified on the label; and their safety isn't known. Functional drinks also won't compensate for unhealthful eating or living. Your best approach to health and feeling energetic remains healthful eating, regular physical activity and getting enough sleep.

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