Multipure’s Spotlight for July 2021 is “Multipure Lifestyle.” This month, our posts will focus on the many ways that Multipure promotes a healthier overall lifestyle, from cleaner water, to healthier habits, to better family lives, and more.
A Multipure Lifestyle means developing healthier nutritional habits through better water. It means drinking the right amount of water – half your weight (in pounds) in ounces of water – and enjoying that you are sating your thirst with delicious and refreshingly clean water. Drinking more water makes you feel fuller, which makes it easier to control your food intake. When you are properly hydrated, you tend to eat less, meaning your meals become smaller and more portion-appropriate. Smaller meals mean less chance of overeating and a greater chance of losing excess weight or maintaining a proper weight.
Drinking more water, and wanting to drink water as your beverage of choice means fewer “empty calories” that come from sodas and other soft drinks. Sugar-sweetened beverages are one of the greatest sources of sugar intake in the average American diet, and one of the greatest causes of excess sugar intake. The sad fact is that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is very common. On any given day, 63% of youths and 49% of adults drink a sugar-sweetened beverage.
One 12-ounce can of cola contains 39 grams of sugar, an absurd amount considering the American Heart Association recommends women and children consume only up to 25 grams of added sugar a day, and men consume only up to 38 grams of added sugar a day. But, unlike many natural sources of sugar (e.g., fruit or milk) that also provide vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates, soft drinks provide excessive sugar with little to no nutritional value. Many popular soft drinks such as soda, fruit juice, and sports drinks, contain so much added sugar that they have been linked to a higher risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
How much added sugar is present per 12 ounces of the following drinks, in grams (g)?
- Cola: 39 g
- Orange soda: 49 g
- Sports drink: 20 g
- Energy drink: 38 g
- Sweetened iced tea: 31 g
- Apple juice: 38 g
- Coconut water: 21 g
Instead of sugary drinks, hydration should come from healthier sources; while clean drinking water will always be the best choice for hydration, you can still make healthier choices when seeking beverage variety. The following beverage choices are ranked in order of benefit to your health:
- Coffee or tea, without added sweeteners
- No-sugar-added fruit juice
- Low-sugar sports drink
Making better beverage choices for hydration can be linked in a way to fostering healthier habits in general. Statistics demonstrate that people who more frequently consume sugary drinks are also more likely to have less exercise, eat more fast food, spend more time in front of TVs, cell phones, computers, and video games, smoke, and have insufficient amounts of sleep. While drinking more water may seem like a small step, it can have a profound effect on developing healthier habits and healthier lives.
An important addition to the benefits of simply drinking more water is that the water treated by your Multipure system is treated for a broad variety of potential contaminants, making it cleaner, healthier, and tastier than tap water and many bottled waters, and usable for a variety of purposes. This means that Multipure offers cleaner water for drinking, cleaner water for washing your fruits and vegetables, and cleaner water for cooking food. Cleaner, healthier water is the cornerstone of a healthy Multipure Lifestyle. Clean water, and drinking more of it, leads to better hydration, better nutrition, better habits, and better lives. And that is something we can all drink to.
- “Get the Facts: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Consumption.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last accessed June 28, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/sugar-sweetened-beverages-intake.html
- “Healthy Drinks.” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Last accessed June 28, 2021. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/
- Lehman, Shereen. “How Much Sugar Is in a Can of Soda?” Verywell Fit. January 14, 2021. https://www.verywellfit.com/guess-how-much-sugar-is-in-a-can-of-soda-2506919
- “Sugary Drinks.” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Last accessed June 28, 2021. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/sugary-drinks/