Thursday, October 29, 2009


By George Napoli

Learning about breakthrough-breakthrough beverages- n. 1. a productive insight to drinks. 2 a sudden change of situation, such as making an important discovery that allows more rapid advances toward an objective.

Breakthrough beverages encompass a wide selection of products that are relatively new to the beverage industry. While most of the beverages hydrate, some also claim to provide the critical nutrients your body requires. Some breakthrough beverages go a step further and even claim their beverages relax you, others claim they can energize you.

Some of these breakthrough beverages are meant to simply satisfy your body's natural cravings for sweets - with calories or without. Breakthrough beverages even go as far as to claim you can perform your best when you drink them, while others claim to even help you manage health concerns. Here's a short review in no particular order of importance, the different types of breakthrough beverages currently in the market.

A "sports drink" is any beverage blended to rehydrate you while replenishing minerals and nutrients spent during physical activities. Most sports drinks on the market contain carbohydrates and electrolytes to help a sports enthusiast maintain a high level of performance over an extended period of time. Sports drinks are typically high in both calories and carbs.

Energy beverages are soft drinks marketed as containing energy to improve sports activity when used. Instead of providing food energy (usually calories), energy drinks are created to enhance our mental alertness and physical activities. This is accomplished by adding caffeine, vitamins, and herbal supplements. These additives may interact to give us a stimulant result over and above that obtained from caffeine. Energy drinks are usually very high in carbs.

Smart drinks, also known as nootropic drinks, are beverages made from a mix of fruit juices, vitamins, herbal supplements, and a variety of amino acid supplements. Sometimes called Enhanced drinks with more and more ingredients being added to what used to be the simplest beverages around, and they're not just adding vitamins and flavors. Smart and Enhanced drinks are typically high in both carbs and calories.

Nutriceutical beverages contain a food source or naturally occurring food additive that gives us a beneficial effect on our health. Some define it further and say that they also encompass the prevention and treatment of disease. Nutriceutical categories include dietary supplements, including botanicals. Nutriceutical beverages are usually high in carbs and calories.

Mineral waters is water has minerals or other dissolved ingredients that alter its flavor or give it therapeutic value. Salts, sulfur compounds, and gases are part of the substances that can be dissolved in the water. Mineral water can often be effervescent. Mineral water is a word used to mean carbonated water, which is usually carbonated mineral water. Mineral water may have no calories or more than usual.

Flavored water is typically plain or bottled water that is flavored. Some beverages contain a sweetener to enhance the taste, other times it's added to just sweeten it. There are two types of flavored waters: unsweetened and sweetened, with various natural or artificial sweeteners. Flavored water is the biggest selection having no carbs, no calories. Other bottled flavor waters contain more than their share.

Vitamin water is great-tasting and contains nutrients. In addition, vitamin water varieties have a unique combination of nutrients to deliver a specific benefit to get you through your day. Some relax, others refresh. Vitamin water may have no calories or more than usual.

Next time you drink the next breakthrough beverage; remember the role beverages play in weight and diets. If you are looking to shed some extra weight, then look at the nutrient ingredients and make your pick is based on 0 carbs and 0 calories, or low carbs and calories. These beverages are available for people looking.

In closing, three world class institutions editorialize on high caloric drinks: 1st Johns Hopkins- Bloomberg School of Public Health researcher's say we should focus as much on what we drink as what we eat. 2 NC University says we're drinking more calories than before. 3 Harvard sugary beverages raise blood sugars one precursor to diabetes. This is not the final word spoken.

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