Health Watch - Summer Foods: Liquids

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about foods we enjoy in the summer. Staying cool in the heat requires plenty of fluids, so make sure you choose the right ones that really will help.

Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should avoid alcohol when you’re in the heat. A cold beer may sound good on a hot day, but it dehydrates you more and may impair your judgment so you don’t notice when you’re in trouble. Caffeinated and sugary beverages also aren’t good for hydration. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern, also cautions against diet sodas, especially for kids. Sweet-tasting drinks give children a taste for sweet things, which could lead to overeating. Meanwhile, the acid in these drinks can be bad for teeth. The best drink for staying hydrated is plain old water.

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August 2009

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