Thirst quencher alert: Say no to sugary drinks this summer

Looking for a cold, refreshing beverage to cool down this summer? Think twice before you grab something sweet, as sugary drinks such as soda, sweetened iced tea and juices can cause more harm than good. They’re loaded with calories that actually increase the body’s need for water. A 12-ounce can of soda has nine or more teaspoons of sugar, which can surpass the maximum amount of added sugar in a day. Plus, extra sugar can lead to health problems down the line, including increased incidence of fatty liver diseases in children and a connection to increased rates of diabetes. The best bet is water. For flavor, try adding a slice of lemon or a favorite fruit.