It’s not just alcohol, nonalcoholic drinks from lattes to colas can also lead your calorie count to increase. What you drink should not be overlooked when trying to lose weight. Drinking too many sugar-sweetened drinks can contribute to weight gain.

We cannot substitute water with other drinks. To relieve your thirst, best drink is water. Tea without milk and sugar will have certain advantages as they have some antioxidants which will help to improve health. But it is advisable to avoid tea or coffee closer to a main meal, as it will reduce iron absorption.

Fruit drinks should be taken without added sugar and without removing the fiber.  Fizzy drinks contain lot of sugar and it will lead to weight gain and reduce appetite. Phosphoric acid in these drinks leads to decaying of teeth and allergic conditions.  Therefore it should be avoided as far as possible.

The high intake of sugar and foods with added sugar e.g. confectionery, biscuits, cakes and drinks should be discouraged. It may contribute to an excess of energy supply leading to overweight and obesity, which in turn, is a risk factor for a number of diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus and some cancers.

Sugar in drinks/food produces a rapid increase in blood sugar, which could damage the cells in the pancreas that produces insulin. Continuous over stimulation of the pancreas in this way could lead to diabetes.  Consumption of added sugar should be minimised; enabling to enjoy natural taste of food. Dental caries or tooth decay is a common health problem in Sri Lanka. There is a link between sugar consumption and dental caries

Sugar-free doesn’t mean carbohydrate-free. Sugar-free foods may play a role in your diabetes diet, but it is equally important to consider carbohydrates, as well. A sugar-free label means that one serving has less than 0.5 gram of sugar. When you’re choosing between standard products and their sugar-free product, compare the food labels. If the sugar-free product has noticeably fewer carbohydrates, the sugar-free product might be the better choice.

No sugar added, but not necessarily no carbohydrates. The same condition applies to products indicating “no sugar added” label. These foods don’t contain high-sugar ingredients, and no sugar is added during processing or packaging, but they may still be high in carbohydrates.

Sugar alcohols contain carbohydrates and calories, too. Likewise, products that contain sugar alcohols; such as sorbitol, xylitol and mannitol aren’t necessarily low in carbohydrates or calories. Therefore the more you reduce sugar consumption more the benefits.