Drinks You Should Never Drink After 40
1Flavored Coconut Water
maron jar mugs filled with coconut water around coconuts
Plain coconut water is a wonderful electrolyte replenisher, but once companies throw in added sweeteners and tropical fruit-flavored syrups (think pineapple coconut water), you often end up drinking more sugar than is in an actual coconut.
Glasses of lemonade
For many of us, lemonade evokes memories of cute kids sitting at a stand the end of their driveway. And while the littles pushing the drink may be innocent enough, the beverage itself is not, as it can be high in calories and sugar in just one cup. The only thing we like about this drink is its fairly harmless list of ingredients. While water, sugar, and lemon juice won’t make you sick, drinking it in excess could bring on a metabolic condition that will. And don’t even think about going for the Minute Maid stuff, as that version has a whopping 40 grams of sugar in just one 12-ounce can.
Drinkable yogurt kefir
Probiotics are great for maintaining good gut health, but not when they’re tainted with loads of sugar. Take Bolthouse Farms’ Peach Parfait Breakfast Smoothie as an example: just one 15.2-fl-oz bottle packs in 360 calories and 45 grams of sugar. You’re better off enjoying a satiating serving of these 25 Best Yogurts for Weight Loss instead.
4Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Starbucks pumpkin spice latte
We know how difficult it can be to resist a classic, comforting PSL, but passing up the pumpkin-flavored bev will do wonders for your waistline. If you order a tall PSL from Starbucks with 2 percent milk and no whipped cream—a choice that seems slim to most—you’re still ingesting 240 calories and a whopping 37 grams of sugar. If you really need a caffeine fix, stick to black coffee with a splash of cream and limit your seasonal latte indulgences to once or twice a month.
Gin tonic limes
If you order a gin and tonic at the bar thinking the clear mixer is better for your belly than dark sodas, think again. Just 12 ounces of tonic water can cost you 124 calories and 32 grams of sugar—that’s only seven grams less than soda for the same amount!
6Root Beer Floats
Root beer float
Since when did a blend of ice cream and root beer ever sound like a good idea? Maybe as a kid, but not as a health-conscious adult. If you must relive your childhood from time to time, make sure to share the creamy float with a friend!
ritas straw-ber-ita sparkling margarita
Mixing your liquors is never a good idea, especially if it’s in Lime-A-Rita form. Bud Light packs 220 calories into a small eight-ounce can, and the sweet concoction is made with high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Make your own refreshing (and way less caloric) marg with fresh lime juice, a teaspoon of honey, triple sec, and tequila.
“Laxatives make you go to the restroom, where you are quickly removing any nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that may be in your intestines waiting to be absorbed into the body. If you continue on laxatives over the long-term, it can result in nutrient deficiencies and even illness,” Toby Amidor, MS, RD, cautions. “There are appropriate and safe ways to lose weight, and taking laxatives is not one of them.”
Instead of getting tipsy, these sugar-spiked beverages will just widen your waistline. Stick with a glass or two of red wine’s powerful antioxidant benefits.
Considering most of these beverage flavoring agents are made with sketchy artificial sweeteners like acesulfame potassium and sucralose, we advise you to stay away. While acesulfame potassium is believed to have carcinogenic properties, sucralose is a sweetener that’s been found to mess with your body’s satiety signals. What’s more, these concentrates are filled with potentially harmful dyes like red 40 and yellow 6, which are contaminated with known carcinogens—no wonder they’re considered to be some of the 23 Worst Food.