13 Horrible Drinks and What They Do to Your Body

Liquid junk food is a lot more common than you might think.

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Americans have a tough time estimating just how harmful a beverage can be.



Americans have a tough time estimating just how harmful a beverage can be.

In his book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, Dr. Brian Wansink reveals people typically underestimate the number of calories they drink by about 30 percent.

For some reason, we have a tough time believing what we sip can be just as innutritious as what we chew.

But as the beverages on this list prove, junk food can absolutely come in liquid form.

Many of these choices are stuffed with massive amounts of added sugar. Frequently choosing high-sugar beverages is a serious hazard to your health. Not only can it lead to poor body composition, but it significantly increases your risk of several unfavorable health outcomes.

Regular consumption of beverages high in added sugar has been associated with an increased risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The American Heart Association recommends a limit of 24 grams per day for women and 36 grams per day for men.

Saturated fat is also a major concern with some of these drinks. Eating too much saturated fat drastically increases your risk of high cholesterol, which in turn can have a negative impact on blood flow and oxygen transportation throughout the body.

The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 6% of your daily calories come from saturated fat. For a 2,000-calories-a-day diet, that translates to a limit of 13 grams of saturated fat each day.

Let's take a closer look at some of the worst beverages out there and detail how they can sabotage an athlete's body.

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