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August 8, 2018 | 2 minute read

Summer Drinks with Less Sugar

AICR’s latest report on cancer prevention features a new recommendation on choosing healthy, cancer-preventive beverages. Specifically, it calls for limiting sugar-sweetened drinks.

There is no strong evidence that directly links sugar to increased cancer risk, yet there is an indirect link.

The new guidance highlights the convincing evidence that sugar-sweetened beverages cause weight gain, overweight and obesity, which is linked to 12 cancers. These drinks provide a lot of calories, but they don’t make you feel as full as food, like a sandwich or banana would. That makes it easier to overdo on calories – especially on drinks that provide few or no nutrients.

The good news is that you can feel just as refreshed with beverages that don’t load up on sweetness. Try some of these hydrating drinks or mix and match your own with our guide below!

Cool off with this unique infusion of rhubarb, orange and mint. One glass contains vitamin C as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that fall into the carotenoid family and have antioxidant properties.

rhubarb and orange refresher

 This mango carrot smoothie is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and carotenoid compounds found in yellow-orange fruits and vegetables, which are linked to disease protection.

mango carrot smoothie

This iced green tea is rich in phytochemicals like the well-studied compound EGCG. Cell and animal studies show these tea polyphenols may protect our DNA from damage, intervene directly in cancer cell growth, and increase self-destruction of abnormal cells. Adding fragrant mint and fresh lime turns your everyday tea into a revitalizing cooler.

green tea cooler with fresh mint

Use of healthy drink creator to make your own unique beverage. Pick a base, enhance and flavor with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices of your choice!

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