What drinks are bad for my health?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Your body needs plenty of fluids, but it pays to be selective when pouring. Soda, lattes, sports drinks, energy drinks, and even fruit juices are all packed with unnecessary calories. (What's more, regularly quaffing sugar-laden drinks raises risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the Nurses' Health Study, which tracks more than 90,000 women, and the Black Women's Health Study, ongoing research following 60,000 African American women in the United States.) Switching to diet drinks might not be the solution. Although not all research on the topic agrees, an eight-year study of Texas residents found people who had three or more sugar-free sweet drinks per day gained more weight than those who skipped such drinks.

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