15 Drinks That Are (Almost) As Bad As Soda

This is sugar water, Dr. Gioffre says. “There is nothing about vitamin water that is vitamin.” The popular Vitamin Water packs about 120 calories and 32 grams of sugar, just about half as much as a regular Coke. Pick seltzers or flavor your water naturally by putting pieces of real fruit in it.


In addition to the caffeine you consume, fancy coffee beverages have loads of sugar coming from the added milk or creamer, and too many calories. Drink coffee in moderation and put coconut milk, coconut oil or other high healthy fat to neutralize the acidic effect of coffee, Dr. Gioffre says.


“People love their coffee,” Dr. Gioffre says. But caffeine is an adrenal and liver suppressor, he adds. It is also very acidic. That’s why coffee can aggravate heartburn or cause acid reflux. Studies have shown that coffee oils may decrease bile acids and neutral sterols, which may lead to increased cholesterol. Too much caffeine can lead to arrhythmia and chest pain. Research by the European Food Safety Authority has linked caffeine overdose to panic attacks.


Iced teas are usually artificially sweetened. Also, they have caffeine. Caffeine stresses the adrenal glands and actually creates a cycle where you feel more and more fatigued; therefore, you need more and more caffeine. Too much of it can lead to arrhythmia, chest pain and even death. Research has linked caffeine overdose to panic attacks.


It’s no secret that soda is bad for you, but 48 percent of Americans drink it every day, according to Gallup. The average daily amount is 2.6 glasses, with 28 percent drinking one glass a day, on average, and 20 percent drinking two or more glasses. You may be surprised to find out that the other drink you often consume is making you sick.