Say No to Sugary Drinks with These Infused Water Recipes

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fruit-waterIt’s hot outside and cold drinks are in. But instead of sweet iced tea, iced lattes and sugary lemonade, quench your thirst with homemade flavored water.

Sugar consumption is a real problem in the U.S. The  World Health Organization recommends no more than 5% of your daily caloric intake come from added sugar. For the average adult with a normal body mass index (BMI), 5% amounts to 25 g, or approximately 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Apparently, sugar must be too easy to swallow, because Americans on average consume 10 times that amount per day – and the biggest culprit is beverages. Not only does consuming this much sugar lead to weight gain, but it is also associated with an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and gout, and it has even been linked to cancer.

Your best bet to beat the heat and stay hydrated is good old water. Water plays a critical role in every process in your body and it’s naturally free of sugar and calories. And if you need a little flavor to help increase your water intake, try these infused water recipes, or make up your own!

Cucumber Melon and Mint Water

1 large lime, sliced thinly
1/2 English cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
6 mint leaves
6 cups water

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