Bring on the Bubbles
Everyone loves the crisp, clean taste of carbonated beverages. But these delightful drinks are so much more than refreshing pick-me-ups. All sparkling beverages hydrate, caloric varieties provide carbohydrate calories for energy and low- and no-cal options can help you reduce your calorie intake to help you manage your weight.
Learn about the benefits of sparkling beverages so you can enjoy their bubbly happiness more than ever.
Sparkling Beverages & Hydration
Sparkling beverages are made up of carbonated water, sweeteners and flavors. All sparkling beverages are a source of hydration—fluids—for the body.
Most sparkling beverages, including both regular and low- and no-calorie varieties, contain between 85% and 99% water. Studies show that drinking a wide variety of beverages, including sparkling ones, helps us consume more water, making it easier to properly hydrate our bodies.
Sparkling Beverages & Energy
Sparkling beverages sold in the U.S. provide an energy source for the body primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which has a composition similar to table sugar. The carbohydrate “fuel” obtained from these beverages can help supply some of the energy necessary for our daily activity. This energy is measured in calories, and they all count!
To maintain a healthy body weight, we need to balance the calories we consume with the calories we expend each day through basic metabolic processes (the energy that keeps our body going) and physical activity. But remember, physical activity provides more health benefits than just burning calories.
Sparkling Beverages & Nutrition
All foods and beverages can have a place in a sensible, balanced diet combined with regular physical activity. But all calories count no matter what food or beverage they come from, including those from sugar-sweetened sparkling beverages. The bottom line in weight management is not consuming more calories than you expend through metabolic processes and daily physical activity. Sparkling beverages help quench thirst and provide the body with its daily fluid needs, but they should not be the only beverages you consume. Your body also needs many nutrients to stay healthy—which you are most likely to get when you consume a variety of foods and beverages. Be adventuresome and include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish and low-fat, calcium-rich foods and beverages every day.
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