Healthy beverage evolution: Have we come full circle?
In the beginning there was only one beverage, water — abundant, refreshing, and nourshing — providing the body with everything it needed for fluid replenishment. Next, along with the development of agriculture, came milk, followed by beer, wine, coffee, and tea. All consumed for taste and pleasure as much as for the fluids they provided. Today, we have an enormous variety of beverages including soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, lemonades, juices, smoothies, and variations of the aforementioned. This abundance of choice in the beverage category suits the American sweet tooth, but most often comes with a hefty dose of calories that adds to the waistline.