Drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks.
The sweet flavors that keep you coming back for another soda or sugary drink are also loading you with an excess intake of sugar. Drinking a lot of sodas or sugary drinks can impact your weight and can contribute to weight gain that increases your risk for cancer. So instead of reaching for a soda, get into the habit of keeping some water close by.
Choose the H20 alternative.
- Still or sparkling, water is a refreshing, healthy choice for a beverage. Choose plain or flavored waters that do not contain added sugar.
- Want some variety? Enjoy a mug of unsweetened tea or a fresh cup of coffee (without sugar). Or have fun infusing tea or water with fruits, lemon wedges, or even some slices of cucumber.
- In laboratory studies, polyphenols found in tea and coffee show cancer-fighting potential as antioxidants and perhaps through other mechanisms. The four types of tea (black, oolong, green, and white) supply these protective substances. So, tea and coffee may contribute to a cancer-fighting diet, as long as they aren’t loaded with sugar and cream.
Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and other sugary beverages causes weight gain and obesity
Overweight and obesity can increase your probability of developing 12 different types of cancer.
One 12-ounce can of many popular sodas contains 9 teaspoons of sugar or high fructose syrup, 150 calories, and absolutely zero nutrients.
Bottled teas, lemonades, “energy” drinks, and many “juices” also add ample amounts of extra sugar.
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The choices we make each day can help reduce our risk of cancer.
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