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Drink And Be Merry

From awful to awesome, here’s our hierarchy of drinks!

Staci Vetrovsky is vice president of Elgin’s Nutrition Care Systems. (Photo provided)

After New Year’s Eve, drinks may be the last thing on your mind.

However, there’s not a better time than a new year to upgrade your beverage bill of fare.

Everyone with a pulse knows that water leads the list of healthy drinks, but it’s not easy downing seven to eight glasses of the lackluster liquid every day, not to mention incessant trips to the restroom.

Let’s go beyond advertisements, television commercials and press releases to get the low down on liquids. From awful to awesome, here’s our hierarchy of drinks!

WORST: ENERGY DRINKS Teeth grinding and an inability to fall asleep at bed time aren’t the only hazards of over indulging in energy drinks.

Jessica Warda, a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist at Elgin’s Sherman Hospital and Diabetes Center, deems these babies the bottom of the barrel. 

“Not only do many of these drinks contain more grams of sugar than regular soda pop, but the amount of caffeine can be excessive,” the Geneva resident says. “A 16-ounce can of Monster energy drink contains 200 calories, 54 grams — or 11 teaspoons — of sugar, and 160 milligrams of caffeine. An 8-ounce cup of coffee contains between 100 and 150 milligrams of caffeine, depending on how it’s brewed.” 

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