You study nutrition labels at the grocery store and pore over menus and cookbooks for the healthiest choices. Yet if you're like most people, you don't give nearly as much thought to what you use to wash down all that wholesome food.
It's time to start. According to one recent report, Americans get an average of 22 percent of their daily calories from beverages. Sound hard to believe? "Since most beverages don't fill us up the way food does, it's easy to consume a lot of calories in liquid form and not even realize it," explains Molly Morgan, a New York-based dietitian. Unless you pay attention, those extra calories can undermine your best intentions for staying healthy.
In terms of nutrition, drinks are a mixed bag. Many harbor unhealthy ingredients such as sweeteners and artificial colors, while others are veritable health elixirs, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and compounds that help prevent chronic illness. Most, of course, have both health benefits andRead More »from The Easiest Change You Can Make to Your Post-Holiday Diet