7 Drinks You Should Never Drink Again

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When you are thinking about how to modify your diet in an attempt to lose weight or boost your overall health, it is easy to overlook the contribution that can be made by drinks.

However, there are some drinks that are so shockingly bad for you that it is in your best interests to avoid them at all costs.

More often than not, the problem is excessive amounts of added sugar that cause dangerous spikes in blood pressure and contribute to weight gain, but some drinks are also surprisingly fatty.

Here are 7 drinks that you should never drink again.

#1 Iced tea

Iced tea is an extremely attractive option on a hot day, and it may look like a healthier alternative to sugary sodas. In addition, iced green teas are commonly selected by dieters who have heard that drinking green tea can aid weight loss. However, the cons of drinking iced tea will dramatically outweigh the pros, so iced tea is not the smart choice that it may be appear to be.

The most popular brands of iced tea contain at least 250 calories per serving, and you will be disappointed to learn that many of them contain even more sugar than you would expect to find in most sodas.

Most iced teas will provide you with around 60g of sugar, so drinking just a few servings of iced tea each week can pose a serious obstacle to fitness and weight loss.

Instead of buying iced tea, try making your own. If you do add any sugar, make sure it is a small amount of unrefined (i.e. brown) sugar, and slowly reduce the amount until you are used to drinking it with no sugar at all. Alternatively, experiment with making water tastier and more refreshing by adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

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262 Comments

  1. ihatesushi

    February 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I changed my drinks to water, milk, plain juices, less coffee with NO sugar just a little milk and tea with NO sugar and it really helped! Sometimes we have lemonade with just a LITTLE sugar and I can make a hot chocolate from scratch with less or no sugar. Feels better. Now if I can just stay away from chocolate and butter! For exercise, I LOVE taebo, pilates and just getting outside!

  2. ihatesushi

    February 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    It’s absolutely true that sweet coffee and tea are acquired tastes. In fact coffee and tea are acquired tastes, as is beer. when I had a beer, it was disgusting, so was wine. I didn’t become an alcoholic until I discovered drinks that tasted good. so to get off them I had to go back to normal juice and milk. Lost 40 lbs just getting away from alcohol otherwise I would be an elephant now. Still have weight trouble, but now it’s more like 15 lbs overweight and it’s due to not exercising enough and liking chocolate and fat foods too much! Still working on that. I was also sick for a week with some weird cold virus that didn’t make me feel good eating my normal regular diet. I wanted lots of hot salty chips and spicey foods. Also being sick kept me from exercising. Didn’t want to do push ups or sit ups or normal housework or shoveling snow when I was sick and that caused quick 4 lbs and I also couldn’t sleep, which is always BAD for losing weight. My whole family got this cold and one of them somehow got food poisoning, so I was totally stressed out and couldn’t sleep and had to keep a constant eye on my youngest plus the really sick person. In fact, I wasn’t sick until this happened. Now that things are a little better, need to get back on track. I am annoyed my youngest doesn’t want to go outside because the snow NEEDS shoveling I suppose he’s sick now too.

  3. ihatesushi

    February 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    What I meant to ask in my post was: when you are sick and want salt and hot spicey foot what are low carb, low fat alternatives but still satisfy salt and hot spicey craving you get when you have a bad cold?? Don’t mention alcohol though. I still have a damaged liver and physiology and have to stay away from all beer and wine and such. That means I don’t even take things like Nyquil and my doctor really wants me to stay away from most drugs, even non alcohol containing Nyquil, but for some reason when I am sick–I want hot and spicy and salty! and when I am tired I want caffeine and even chocolate! Alternatives! I tried even having a straight pepper but that made me sick. Hot jalepeno chips and chips and salsa made me feel better, as does hot sour soup but I am trying to avoid junking up on foods while I am sick because I have had this for more than a week. It is a viral cold, so I don’t think antibiotics is the answer. I just don’t want to stupidly give myself more lbs from eating salty spicey fattening foods or chips again or quit exercising while sick so I am looking for what to do next time and to avoid more lbs while still being sick?

    • Jon Dixon

      March 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      ihatesushi

      try kimchi or radish kimchi

  4. Kepha Hor

    February 23, 2014 at 3:32 am

    What if you asked for unsweetened ice tea?

  5. Fritzi

    March 3, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Müsli unhealthy? Because it is too “Americanized”. Make the original Birchermüsli yourself and you know what goes into it!

  6. Brandy Bisson

    March 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    number 6 is nothing. Check out the Heartattack Grill’s butterfat shake. that puppy has 1600-3000 calories alone from the ice cream, not to mention the sugar and whatever else is in it

  7. Mrhycannon

    March 7, 2014 at 4:47 am

    The problem with iced tea being too sweet is with who makes it.. I never buy tea ready-made.. Always make green tea and drink it with little or no sugar.. Weaker tea is more refreshing than stronger tea.. Stronger, more roust tea is better hot..

  8. Raxs

    March 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I’m very aware that Energy drinks a very, very unhealthy. But as an adolescent, myself, I really enjoy them and always feel tantalised by they flavour. People say that the calories and sugar ruin your body. But what are the sugar free/lo carb ones to compare? I hear they are even worse. What is the truth about it all?

  9. Roger Dowd

    March 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I am so happy cannolis and cheesecake aren’t on the list!

  10. Theresa Bates

    March 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Who doesn’t know that if you brew the tea yourself and drink it with maybe a sprig of mint or a spritz of lemon or lime — sans sweetener or maybe with a no calorie sweetener, it does not have 160 calories, or even 16 calories? I brew my tea, be it hot or cold, and if it’s iced, I add lemon or, If I have some, a nice cool sprig of mint. Period. No sweetener. No calories.

  11. Randy DeVinney

    March 27, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Man that makes me really want a hot chocolate with marshmallows

  12. Autumn Glock

    March 27, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    The only thing any animal on the planet needs to drink is water, why should humans be any different? If it isn’t water it probably isn’t what you would be naturally drinking

  13. Bruce Darling

    March 29, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    How about using stevia to sweeten tea?

  14. Justine Temps

    April 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I inadvertantly made a brown cow out of fat free ice cream once. Never again. Nasty doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  15. JDW

    April 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Want to save Money? Do not buy store tea. Make your own and use honey (while the tea is warm) to sweeten the tea. I know, honey is bad for you. Yes, honey has calories, in fact 82% sugar and half of that is fructose. However, honey has trace amounts of minerals and vitamins and antioxidants. Honey as a food is far superior to artificial sweetners or white sugars that is nothing but calories. Try tea without sweetners.

  16. JDW

    April 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Like chocolate! Buy a box of Hershey’s Cocoa, box of dry non-fat milk, use a touch of salt (an amount that would make a pinch look like a table spoonfull), sweeten with honey, use a little vanilla. Cocoa has no calories just good antioxidants, non-fat dry milk has 80 calories with some good stuff, vanilla has no bad stuff or calories and water has “?” that depends on you. Honey has 60 calories per tablespoon. If you like it frothy, use a stick blender.

  17. soscout1

    April 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    your misleading everyone about ice tea – if you mean sweet tea or sweetened tea — that is a whole different ballgame from just ice tea !!!!!!

  18. Fogle

    April 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    So allow me to sum this up, anything that comes premade canned, bottled, fountain drinks, or from an expensive coffee shop or mcdonalds, is bad for you. Because no body couldnt figure that out. Make your own iced tea at home its cheaper and you can sweeten to taste. Same with smoothies do it at home. Actually make all of these at home you will save money and make it to taste and cut out the preservatives.

  19. Seijinvet

    April 20, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    b.s Author is sugar and calorie phobic. Change your thoughts, habits, rather than trying to micromanage if you should enjoy some iced tea. Work on the principles, the foundations, the rest will fall in place.

  20. Karen Meyer

    April 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Telling someone to “never” do this, that, or the other is a sure-fire way to make them want to do it more. Moderation is the key in everything.

  21. Lucius

    April 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Or you can enjoy ice tea, just don’t have desert with dinner. Cut back on some things so you can enjoy other things.

  22. mb

    April 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    So what you are saying then is avoid drinks with lots of sugar and high fat content because they are not healthy. Thanks for the amazing insight! Perhaps if people learned to read the labels instead of just looking at the shiny pictures they could figure this out for themselves, despite the indoctrinations against thinking for one’s self that still seem to be so popular in this day and age.

  23. Randy

    April 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    “Here’s some food with sugar in it” should be the title. I know a lot of the ‘West’ is having issues with weight, but I don’t accept that it’s because people are complete idiots. You mean all these sweet drinks I enjoy have sugar in them? And that sugar makes you fat? Wow, Alcohol is a good source of energy and adding sugar makes it even worse? Who’d have thunk it.

  24. Randy

    April 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What sort of Milkshake has 131g of fat in it? I’m going to go out on a limb and point out that in this country, we’re lucky enough to have at least SOME food standards. “Full cream” milk is less than 4% fat these days, so to get 130g of it you’d have to be drinking over 3 litres of Milk (that’s about 3/4 of a Gallon).

  25. William Brown

    April 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Let’s change this title to “Ready-made or Processed Drinks You should Avoid.” I hate these lists because they harp on one or two things. fat and sugars. I drink iced tea daily, Unsweetened, with lemon. And what about the anti-oxidants found in chocolate? Let’s get realistic for a change.

  26. Benjamin Eugene NElson

    May 1, 2014 at 1:25 am

    “In late 2012, it was estimated that 40 illnesses and 5 fatalities were caused by drinking Monster Energy, while 13 illnesses and 2 serious disabilities were associated with Rockstar.”

    By who? Where are your sources?

    And 15 illnesses out of how many enegry drinks consumed?

    Yah, they’re not healthy. I don’t claim they are, but you’re trying to scare people here.

  27. Bleddyn

    May 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    This Author must think we are all idiots. The problem is sugar…plain and simple. Water or brewed tea has no sugar. I can think of a lot of food or drink products that have no sugar….until you put the sugar into it. Of course most commercially produced Ice Tea has sugar in it. But don’t blame the damn tea.

  28. 1776_DejaVu

    May 2, 2014 at 2:08 am

    The article is talking about premade tea sold in stores. Arizona tea etc…

  29. 1776_DejaVu

    May 2, 2014 at 2:09 am

    unsweetened tea made at home is delicious.

  30. Perilous

    May 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Never enjoy anything ever! That way you’ll be slender. You’ll also be unendurably miserable, but as long as you’re of acceptable weight nothing else matters!

  31. Rosemary

    May 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I live in Ca. Just think kool aide takes half cup of sugar per little packet didn’t take long for me to substitute kool aide with tea no sugar added my child always knows in my fridge will always be tea and lemons very refreshing, I hate always asking in resturants if there tea has sugar. This craze of sweet tea is out of control people are addicted to sugar substitute or not

  32. Val Engholm

    May 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Um, why is soda not on this list?

  33. Rachel Lewis

    May 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I was floored when I saw iced tea was the first one. Then I realized it meant sweet tea. So I’m safe. Good to know.

  34. CPL in SoCal

    May 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I could have reduce both the “10 Foods” and the “7 Drinks” articles to one sentence. “Don’t eat or drink processed foods that contain high amounts of sugar, moderate your intake of all foods especially sushi; and get off yurass and exercise a bit.” But I guess that that does not provide for very exciting reading and attract advertisers.

  35. Brandon

    May 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    #1 iced tea?! Read the label!!! You’re labeling all iced tea as bad. I just pulled a Pure Leaf iced tea out of my fridge – 0 calories and 0g of sugar. The headline should read “#1 Sweetened Iced Tea”. As mentioned in the article, making your own is the best option but there are many iced teas out there that are good choices and that sub headline needs to be changed.

  36. garyhope

    May 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I live in Texas and you can get “iced tea” all year long here. They usually ask if you want it sweetened or unsweetened. I always get unsweetened and add my sweetener or sugar to taste. I always add fresh lemon/lime slices or juice too.

    In the summer I make pitchers of tea (unsweetened) and keep them in the refrigerator. I add lemon or lime to the glass and sweetener as wanted. I think iced tea is a healthy alternative to wine or beer for meals. I never drink the tea from bottles sold in stores.

  37. Chanda S Healton

    May 26, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Sweet tea is so gross! I love tea and NEVER add sugar to it!

  38. Stephen Maro

    May 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    You don’t seem concerned that many of the low sugar options, you seem to be stearing your readers towards, contain unhealthy sugar substitutes. How about people just eat natural foods?

  39. redheadedlady

    May 27, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    No flavored water? Here’s what I drink…it’s flavored water. The brand’s called “CLEAR”, at Walmart…..0 sugars, 0 caffeine, 0 sodium, 0 calories…and lots of flavors. Oh…and, smoothies? I make my own, with frozen fruit.

  40. Mrhycannon

    June 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Brown sugar changes the delicate taste of green tea.. The less sugar you use, the more refreshing the drink.. Green tea is not bitter and needs little or no sugar..

  41. Geraldine Papasotiriou

    August 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    ohh bull sorry i have stop drinking diet coke and coke zero i am drinking nestea sugar free green tea and i have lost 11 and a half kilo in 3 weeks it is a better drink than others

  42. chikotee

    October 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Commendable job! These things people must know before making themselves addicted to a drink. Really worth appreciating.

  43. Nstott

    December 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Is it OK if the ice tea is 50 calories, 13g of sugar ,and 100 •/• vit.c

  44. Trevor Alan Jenkins

    January 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Thankfully I don’t drink Marg’s that much or Pina Coladas , prefer them without the alcohol.

  45. Green Hill Tea

    February 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Great Article.such a amazing information you share specialy iced tea i never know about its benifits.

  46. Bob

    August 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Absurd per. brown sugar- it absolutely contains the same calories as white table sugar. Another sham.