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The Most Toxic Drink In Grocery Stores

You're much better off never sipping on this.

When you're stocking up on groceries, scanning your shopping list and the aisles, you're most likely aiming to fill your cart with the best, most healthiest options out there. And we're not just talking about food here. That means drinks, too. As much as you might not realize it, what you're drinking has just as much of an impact on your health as what you're eating. It's all going into your body when you think about it! This is why you want to stay away from the worst drink out there.

You obviously don't want to end up buying the most toxic drink that's on grocery store shelves, but it can happen without you even realizing it. There are plenty of seemingly healthy drinks that are actually just hidden sugar bombs. They're not doing your waistline any favors. (And while you're trying to make healthier choices, be sure to try out these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)

So which one is the worst of the bunch?

The one drink you'll find in supermarkets that you shouldn't ever bother drinking is…

Fruit-Flavored Drinks—SoBe Elixirs

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Oh, the fruit-flavored drinks. They're colorful and often have eye-catching packaging, but that's about where the good news ends. These fruit-flavored beverages are loaded up with sugar and not the natural sugar you would find in actual fruit or a fresh-squeezed juice. The big culprit here is all the added sugar.

And SoBe drinks are some of the scariest options out there! Take for example the cranberry grapefruit Offshore Breeze flavor. It comes in at 250 calories, 63 grams of carbohydrates, and 63 grams of added sugar. That's more sugar than you would get if you ate six Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts.

When you're thinking about added sugars, you want to keep in mind that The American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 25 grams per day. This one drink alone is far exceeding that limit, and that's not factoring in anything else you're eating or sipping on throughout the day.

What's the big issues with added sugars? Well, it should come as no secret that anything that has a lot of added sugar is going to be high in calories and plenty of studies have proven that this all can lead to weight gain. Plus, another study found that those who got 17 to 21% of their calories from added sugar actually had a 38% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. It's obvious that avoiding unnecessary sugar is always the ideal, and these fruit-flavored drinks are not going to help that cause.

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