When looking for a healthy drink alternative to soda and other calorie possessing beverages, the array of choices can be almost overwhelming.

Many years ago, drinks that touted themselves as being more healthy like Gatorade, or even simple grape or orange juice, were some of the familiar offerings.

But today, you almost need a scorecard to tell which is really a healthy drink and which is only imitation.

Is It Pulp Fiction?

healthy drinkSome of the most advertised healthy drink options on the market today are those trendy berry drinks that promote themselves as being full of real fruit and loaded with vitamins and nutrients.

With their fancy names like dragon fruit and mangosteen, one could feel that these are loaded with the healthy ingredients that they claim – or conversely, it could cause consumers to turn and run the other way.

In addition to – or possibly because of – their claims of health related benefits, many trendy berry drinks are somewhat costly, even rivaling the cost of coffee at Starbucks.

In some cases, even a small can or bottle of these healthy drinks can cost several dollars – far more than bottled water or real portions of actual fruits or veggies. 

Reading the Labels

Sometimes it helps to read the label on a trendy healthy drink in order to see what’s really inside the bottle or can.

However, sometimes this can even make your head spin. For example, one brand in particular has its label loaded with words like restore, rejuvenate, replenish, and revitalize.

While these are certainly what most of us are striving for, it still doesn’t let you know what exactly you are consuming!

It seems that the popular trend today among healthy drink companies is to add complicated, and sometimes irrelevant ingredients to their products.

The most common stimulant you want to look out for is caffeine- some drinks containing up to 200 mg. Determine how much caffeine you want/should consume by researching the side effects and/or asking your doctor.

Caffeine has been used for centuries for its stimulating effects, but it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to ingredients like caffeine in a healthy drink.

Instead, look for berry drinks with great levels of important vitamins like C, D, and E, and herbs like Ginseng or Gingko Biloba.

Sometimes the list of ingredients on a product can be intimidating or appear to be a like a foreign language. Always approach and ask for guidance at the health food store if you aren’t sure what each ingredient means. 

The Bottom Line

Although many of us strive to exercise and maintain a much healthier intake of food and beverages, many signs point to the fact that sometimes a trendy healthy drink may or may not have any more or less of a health benefit than an ice cream float.

Oftentimes, it is the glitzy marketing that lures consumers to purchase a trendy healthy drink.

Whether it is for the true “benefits” of these drinks, or the fact that they make one seem more “in,” it is still important to be aware of what it really is that you’re buying – and why.

The truth is that it may never be fully determined as to whether or not a trendy healthy drink can prolong life and make us feel reenergized.

As great as the advertised claims may sound, the real laboratory studies can still be skewed in many different directions – depending on who’s telling the story.

The one thing to keep in mind, though, is that regardless of how wonderful a fruity, berry, healthy drink may be, no amount of chugging these potions can offer you the true benefits that maintaining an overall healthy diet and exercise program can.

Remember, there are no such things as magic health potions, but by partaking in other health and lifestyle related activities and eating habits, the benefits can be endless.

Janet Lynch is a writer and blogger constantly on the watch for fad diets and trends. She also helps people find their diet delivery solutions.