If you had an 8-oz glass of orange juice with breakfast this morning, it was an extra 100 calories added to your day. If you’re only drinking one, that’s perfectly reasonable. But, if you’re drinking it all day long, those calories can quickly add up. The more alarming part of that same glass of juice is that it probably contained about 20 grams of sugar. To put that number into better perspective, a Hershey’s chocolate kiss has 22. Clearly, if you’re drinking a glass of juice with every meal, that starts to be a problem.
Sugar isn’t an issue, though, right? Like, there were all of those studies which actually said that the obesity epidemic was all caused by fat. As it turns out, the studies that you’ve likely heard about, and that the war on fat were based on were conducted by Harvard in the 1960’s, and were deeply problematic. And it was recently discovered that much of the funding for that study came from the sugar industry . Clearly, there’s no conflict of interest here? Other scandals regarding big sugar and their influence on science include Coca-Cola’s anti-obesity initiative, in which the soft drink company tried to convince Americans that lack of exercise, rather than poor eating habits, is what really causes obesity, and just about every health claim that Pom Wonderful has ever made (the fact that the Greeks used to eat pomegranates ritualistically before going to battle does not in fact make your pomegranate juice any healthier. And no, posing the juice with tastefully black-and-white models in your commercials does not change that).
Okay. So if sugar is bad for you now, and juice is full of sugar, drinking it all the time is probably less than ideal. But juice is full of vitamins and antioxidants. So how can you get those vitamins and antioxidants without all of the calories and sugar?
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Funny that you should ask. The answer, if you haven’t guessed it yet, is tea. Black, green, oolong, white, and rooibos teas are all full of antioxidants, but if you’re specifically looking to replace fruit juice in your diet, a caffeine-free tisaneis probably your best bet. These “teas” aren’t actually tea at all, but dried fruit, herbs and spices. Some, such as Last Mango in Paris and Blue Eyes are naturally very sweet. However, tisanes tend to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 calories per glass, because you don’t consume any part of the actual fruit. Instead, infusing the water with a tisane means drinking many of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and of course, flavor, with none of the calories. This is why those fruit infuser water bottles are such a big deal. This is also why your mother may be weirdly protective of the water that potatoes and other vegetables are boiled in, and insist on watering the plants with it. It’s because that water has been infused with vitamins and minerals, which you likely just ate the starchy part. Or, perhaps my own mother just has a weird obsession with potato water. The world may never know.
Of course tea is better for you than juice. But no one wants to go through with all of the effort of making it. Tea is just too much work, right? I’m sorry, but you’re wrong again. Think about all of the effort you put into buying juice. It comes in large, heavy bottles which take up too much space in the fridge and the have to be recycled. Carrying them around is a massive pain. This is, of course, the only reason why pre-packaged water-flavorings and soda streams ever caught on. Now, imagine if you could buy a small bag of dried fruit, put it in a pitcher with some water straight from the tap overnight, and in the morning, have delicious tea. We have great news for you. With our cold-steeping pitcher, that’s exactly what you can do. To make tea, you pour an ounce or so of tea into the bottom of the pitcher, fill it with lukewarm water, and leave it for 2-6 hours. There’s no boiling water or carrying anything heavy involved.
So, the next time you go shopping, please skip the soda. Do yourself a big favor put teas into your every day routine. Your body will thank you,