Make an espresso your no calorie drinking option
So January is finished with, and you’re still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions – eating healthily and taking more exercise. It’s been hard but you’ve managed it. You’ve reduced your daily sugar intake, but now you’re looking to cut down your sugar consumption even more.
In the past when you’ve been thirsty you’ve reached for that can of fizzy drink or glass of fruit juice, but just how much sugar is really in it?
In the UK, the average person consumes around 12 teaspoons of sugar each day with some adults consuming as much as 46! With 1 teaspoon amounting to approximately 5 grams of sugar, every time you drink a can of fizzy pop or glass of fruit juice, you could be consuming up to 35 grams, which is a shocking 7 teaspoons! Additionally, British children are consuming three times the recommended amount of sugar too, particularly via sugar-laden drinks.
During the past few years, there’s been lots of talk about introducing a ‘sugar tax’ on sugar-loaded food and drinks, which although may increase the costs of these products by up to 20%, the UK Government is hoping it will start to tackle the country’s obesity epidemic and health related issues. It has however, raised many questions.
But, at the end of 2016, the UK Treasury finally vowed to go ahead with their sugar tax plans. The tax, is planned to be introduced in April 2018, and is expected to net the Government £520m in 2018-19, with a further £500m in 2019-20 and £455m in 2020-21. The sugar tax plan is expected to not only improve the nation’s overall health and wellbeing, but it will also help raise hundreds of millions of pounds to be invested in providing more sports in schools to tackle childhood obesity, plus pay for tooth decay prevention initiatives.
Picking coffee as an alternative beverage to your can of fizzy drink or fruit juice is a healthy low, or no calorie option. An espresso has virtually no calories. It’s the milk and sugar that is added to sweeten it up that increases the calories.
By drinking black coffee, you won’t just save on calories, but you will also be helping to reduce your future risk of suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Espresso + water = virtually calorie free!