As a truck driver, you probably come across all types of tips and suggestions for nutritious, heart healthy foods, but what about nutritious drinks?
What you drink with your meal, and while driving, can make a major difference in your overall nutrition. You might select a very healthy and nutritious meal, but if you wash it down with a high-calorie beverage, you’re not doing your body a whole lot of good.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular beverages and see how they effect your nutrition. You probably don’t want another lecture on cutting back on sodas, but you can learn a lot about the different beverages you choose.
Truck Driver Tips: The Nutrition in Your Beverage
Let’s start with good ol’ water. Every knows they need to drink enough water to maintain overall health. Some food, such as soups, celery, tomatoes, and melons, also contribute to your fluid intake. Water, however, is the #1 source of...uh...water. Water helps get rid of waste, maintains body temperature, helps joints, and can even protect your spine. According to the Center for Disease Control, “substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.”
We all know coffee is staple among beverage selections of the truck driving population. Like a lot of things, there are benefits and drawbacks to drinking coffee. Although it has a long-held reputation for heartburn and high blood pressure, recent studies have found significant health benefits for drinking coffee. According to the Mayo Clinic, coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, heart issues, strokes, and certain types of cancer. It’s great for keeping you alert on the road and it turns out it could be great for long-term health too. Like all things, just remember to keep your coffee consumption, and the amounts of sugar or creme you may add, in moderation.
Yeah, we know; you’ve heard all about how you should cut back on your soda. Did you know, however, that the carbonation in sodas can help you feel full, which may decrease the amount you consume at a meal? While the calories you get from a 12-ounce can of regular soda will easily negate any health benefits, drinking a small amount of diet soda before a meal may not be a bad idea.
When you want to stay alert and energized while cruising down the road, you may consider an energy drink, but do you know what you’re consuming? The FDA recently looked at the effects of energy drinks on health, finding that many of the claims that these drinks make, such as the health benefits of ginseng, are minimal. The ingredients in energy drinks vary widely, so grouping them all together is hard, but most experts once again recommend moderation with these beverages.
Your mama made you finish your milk for a good reason. Hard-working adults, as well as growing kids, can benefit from drinking milk. Milk is a great source of calcium, which supports strong bones. Milk also has potassium, protein, vitamin D, and more. Did you know that fitness experts recommend drinking chocolate milk after a workout because it helps recovery? True story.
These are just a few of the health benefits, and drawbacks, of some of the most popular beverages in the country. As a truck driver, your health is the number one priority to keep you on the road earning your income. Take your health seriously and make sure you are getting the right nutrition when choosing your beverages.
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