There are times when we feel like hydrating ourselves with liquids other than water. Even though drinking water is vital to our health, there are drinks produced to provide important nutrients our body need. Drinks artificially prepared for human consumption are called beverages.
There are different types of beverages made to fulfill our cravings. Soft drink is a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage that contains flavorings, sweeteners and other ingredients. It is usually commercially prepared and sold in bottles or cans. It may or may not contain calories depending on the sweetener used. Soft drinks are available in regular, diet, low calorie, caffeinated and caffeine-free drinks.
Alcoholic beverages are said to have negative effects on human health because of its alcohol content. However, the nutrients that each variety of these beverages contains should not be overlooked. Calories and carbohydrates can be found in all alcoholic beverages. Polyphenols found in red wine is known to be a good antioxidant. It acts within the body to reduce chemicals that damage cells or free radicals. Resveratrol, another powerful antioxidant in red wines, helps prevent damage to blood vessels and blood clots.
Fruit juices are not only tasty but also a great source of nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fruits can bring innumerable health benefits and the nutrient you can get from fruit juices depends on how natural it is. Nutrients contained in milk are essential for maintenance of good health. It is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium and other nutrients. Milk consumption is recommended because it promotes healthy balanced diet. Other types of beverages are tea, coffee, soy-based beverages, energy and sports drinks.
Whether you are looking for a drink to satisfy your cravings for sweets or suit your healthy lifestyle, there are varieties of beverages that you can choose from.