20 “Healthy” Beverages That Are Terrible For You

  • Grocery stores, fast food joints, health food stores, these are just a few places where unhealthy food and drink masquerade as health-conscious options. They are everywhere. And, if you don’t do your homework and check the label, then they may even trick you into consuming a boat load of sugar, sodium, and unnecessary calories.

But, you know better. You’re a loyal Healthversed reader and already ahead of the curve. Today, we’ll cut through the clever marketing and dive in to a few “health-conscious” beverages that are legitimately bad for you. Let’s go!

Sweetened Nut Milk

Most people look to almond or cashew milk when seeking out a healthier alternative to dairy. In a lot of cases, nut milks are a fantastic substitute for the standard 2%. As with anything that you consume, you need to be very careful and check the label. Some nut milks are loaded with sugar, especially their chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry counterparts. Not all nut milks are created equally.

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Oleksandr Korzh / Shutterstock

Flavored Coconut Water

Coconut water has become more and more popular over the years. It’s great for the skin, helps facilitate digestion, and can even reduce blood pressure. But it’s important to remember that not all coconut waters are the same. For example, this brand of coconut water’s 11 grams of sugar per serving will certainly have your dentist shaking her head.

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Valentina_G / Shutterstock

Lemonade

Let’s say you’re at a BBQ. You’re eating a burger (no bun) with a salad (lightly dressed) and you’re on the hunt for a cool refreshing drink. So you pour yourself a tall glass of lemonade. Lemons are fruit, so lemonade must be healthy. Spoiler alert, it isn’t. Pre-packaged lemonade is loaded with sugar, fructose, and sometimes even high-fructose corn syrup. Back away from the lemonade. Slowly.

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