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Health Drinks?

Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 12:56 pm

interesting... not too often you do a search on this forum and have
no results come up at all! wow... so i searched for:

"kombucha" and "mangosteen" and nothing came up!

these are new (maybe not so new) health drinks that have become
recently popular...although not cheap; four 8.5oz bottles of kombucha drinks
will run ya $10 and a bottle of mangosteen drink will run up towards $40.

many upscale retailers sell a drink called wonder drink which is the kombucha stuff.

also, in most health food stores, they sell this acacia drinks which are
quite expensive as well and must be stored very cold (or frozen even).

any of you here have a run in with any of those drinks? do you drink
them on a somewhat regular basis? are they worth it?
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:31 pm

Chances are, it isn't worth it. Especially not for that price. There isn't a whole lot you can put in a drink, other than unmodified pureed fruit and vegetable, ala V8 health drink. Adding tons of artificial vitamins really doesn't WORK, per-say, so the only real saving grave of those products would be real fruit juice.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:57 pm

I had a cousin that used to make homemade kombucha tea. Much cheaper than what you will buy in the health food stores.

If you want a powerhouse of a drink, do a little research on wheatgrass juice. Easier to make, easier to drink, and you only drink a few ounces a day (maybe 1-4oz). Nothing beats the old school vegetable juices (wheatgrass included) and fruit juices, especially when they are freshly made (which isn't too hard or expensive).
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:11 pm

Meh, my old flatmate used to drink that kombucha stuff, smells funny and is slightly freaky in that it grows if you leave it, he swore by it though.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 3:39 pm

Gleek, what is the point of this thing you are drinking. What type of "health" are you looking for?

In general, fruit juices aren't real healthy because they're very sugery and cause a large insulin spike (i.e. highly glycemic).

My recommendation would be to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and don't over-do the carbs. Put lots of herbs on your food for flavor and the health benefits. Eat well and you don't need "health drinks".

Also, as someone else mentioned, get yourself a juicer and make your own juices if you really want something like that. It will be the healthiest thing you can drink, and they usually taste amazing.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:48 pm

Buub wrote:Gleek, what is the point of this thing you are drinking. What type of "health" are you looking for?


just want a replacement for all the soda/pop i drink on a daily basis, and
i will not drink water cuz it's tasteless nastiness i cant handle.

Buub wrote:In general, fruit juices aren't real healthy because they're very sugery and cause a large insulin spike (i.e. highly glycemic).


well that sux, i mean here u think good 100% fruit drinks are a healthy
alternative to mt. dew or coke and then they're not. thats crap dude.

Buub wrote:My recommendation would be to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and don't over-do the carbs. Put lots of herbs on your food for flavor and the health benefits. Eat well and you don't need "health drinks".


i'm trying man, believe me. the man tries to keep the poor people like
me down cuz all that ritzy pretentious health food is so damn expensive.

Buub wrote:Also, as someone else mentioned, get yourself a juicer and make your own juices if you really want something like that. It will be the healthiest thing you can drink, and they usually taste amazing.


i have a juicer or something left by my mom, but it is not cheap to buy
60 banana's, 30 apples, and strawberries, and all that stuff needed just
to squeeze all that stuff into one glass. sigh.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:00 pm

I drink v8 a lot. That and the sugar free water you can get in a variety of flavors..im hooked on it..great stuff :lol:
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:25 pm

I'd say try water again, maybe get some good water like culligan delivered to your home. It might taste bad at first but if you keep drinking it grows on you and pretty soon having a mt. dew or any other super sugary drink will make you sick. As a former soda addict it has worked for me for the past 8 yrs and going strong. Water is the best way to go: 0 cals, free, won't rot your teeth, good for you health and what humans are naturally supposed to drink. The artificial sweeteners in diet drinks cause insulin spikes also as well. V8 usually has tons of sodium. Veggie drinks and wheatgrass are good but not really something you'd want to drink several times a day.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:47 pm

thegleek wrote:
Buub wrote:In general, fruit juices aren't real healthy because they're very sugery and cause a large insulin spike (i.e. highly glycemic).


well that sux, i mean here u think good 100% fruit drinks are a healthy
alternative to mt. dew or coke and then they're not. thats crap dude.


Well, they're better for you than soda, but that doesn't mean they're "good for you".

What about tea, bottled water (not that bad really), or carbonated water (without added crap)?

And then there's good old-fashioned milk. Food in a bottle.

thegleek wrote:
Buub wrote:My recommendation would be to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and don't over-do the carbs. Put lots of herbs on your food for flavor and the health benefits. Eat well and you don't need "health drinks".


i'm trying man, believe me. the man tries to keep the poor people like
me down cuz all that ritzy pretentious health food is so damn expensive.


I'm not talking about "health food" so much as just basic whole foods.

thegleek wrote:
Buub wrote:Also, as someone else mentioned, get yourself a juicer and make your own juices if you really want something like that. It will be the healthiest thing you can drink, and they usually taste amazing.


i have a juicer or something left by my mom, but it is not cheap to buy
60 banana's, 30 apples, and strawberries, and all that stuff needed just
to squeeze all that stuff into one glass. sigh.


LOL, it can't be more expensive than those foofoo drinks you posted at the front of this thread. :lol:
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:02 pm

Buub wrote:Gleek, what is the point of this thing you are drinking. What type of "health" are you looking for?


QFT

thegleek wrote:just want a replacement for all the soda/pop i drink on a daily basis, and i will not drink water cuz it's tasteless nastiness i cant handle.


Put a small amount of squash or other flavouring with it?
Mix a few skimmed milkshakes with that and it can't be a bad start.

I stand by my "I eat what I want when I want, as long as I actually want it" diet :-D I fancied a can of dr. pepper (I had a stomach bug on the sunday night, and I've not eaten to my usual standard since so my sugar levels were probably a little low), so I had one. I don't want one now, but I may get a bottle of coke with my sandwich tomorrow before lectures.

Anyways, count me as not a fan of the "health drink/8 pints of water" craze. Your body is designed to handle it. Let it do it's job better than you can.

Not to say that it's designed to handle bottles of pop on a consistent basis of course.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:31 pm

In general, these wonder drinks are nothing more than modern day Patent Medicines. At least in my opinion. I learned quite a bit about nutritional supplements and these types of "nutritional" drinks while helping my wife study her pharmacy stuff. I think it's a waste of money. Spend your money on organic non-sweetened, non-sulfited if possible, fruit juices if you absolutely can't drink water.

I go way past the 8 pints a day. I buy a 20oz bottle of water when I get to work and end up refilling it at least 10 times during the night. I stopped drinking sodas, except for the occasional IBC root beer, a while ago.

They'll never get me to give my beer. :lol:
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:59 pm

ok, then should i scrap all those drinks and go with

INKO's white tea line?

they run $1.99 per bottle. no bad things in them at all!
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:01 pm

Seems like a no brainer.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:02 pm

Spending 2 bucks a bottle on anything you drink on a regular basis seems a bit spendy to me.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:08 pm

Find a decent water fountain or get a filtered pitcher and stick it in the fridge (water's much better when cooler than your sink can give it to you).

If you really want a drink-in-a-bottle thing, Gatorade is the greatest drink invented by man.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:12 pm

like a smoker who can't quit if his life depends on it (ask frobozz)

you cant ask someone like me to ever drink water. cuz i wont.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:18 pm

thegleek, drink water. V8 is a good, and relatively cheap alternative though.

mattsteg, exactly, that money could be spent on beer instead.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:21 pm

Zenith wrote:thegleek, drink water. V8 is a good, and relatively cheap alternative though.


i tried. but i only like flavored water.... and i dont do v8. i HATE tomatoes!
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:58 pm

Well if you need to drink something sugary drink gatorade or powerade. They have about half the sugar per ounce compared to soda, wont rot your teeth as much and are alot cheaper than what you've post. Try the white powerade, "artic shatter" I think, great stuff.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:08 pm

i dont have anything against gatorade or all those power drinks, i like
them a lot, i just get bored of the same taste over and over again, so
i venture out for newer and different drinks. thats why i invest my money
into such madness as i posted earlier with... ask frobozz, not only is my
taste in beer selections odd, but so is every aspect in my life when it
comes to drinks, food, music, women, etc....
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:08 pm

I had Pomegranite juice hte other day. Says on the bottle its 71% more potent of an antioxident than green tea. So I gave it a whirl, for $3.50 for 8oz I wasn't pleased but I wanted to try it.

Next morning I had that after my breakfast...Then I spent 2 hours at work wondering why the worst gas of my life hurt so bad. It was like a mild colon blow. It was not all that pleasant to drink, like really sour wine or grapejuice.

They did have other flavored pomegranite juices to try, but for the price I don't believe it's worth it.

I take 4 green tea pills every day, a multiviteamin, and other wise eat and drink whatever I want. I weigh 138 lbs at last check and haven't been truely sick in years. Go me!
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:28 pm

Pomegranates are tasty.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:28 pm

I tried Xango Mangosteen use cause it was supposedly very good for your health and energizing. I took it for a month and nothing happened.

I was very curious on the claims made by the miraculous effects it was supposed to have, so I let my dad try double dosage for a period of 4 weeks. He suffers from diabetes, high bloodpressure and high cholesterol-levels.

He did a test before this little experiment, and after those 4 weeks passed, his doctor did a new test.

The result: Nothing whatsoever. The cholesterol-levels were a tiny bit higher (which is no good), other than that there was no difference at all.

This cost me around $300 for the amount of juice I bought.

I don't believe it's a total scam because there certainly are alot of testimonials about how good benefits they had gotten. What is a scam though is to say that EVERYONE benefits from it, something I don't believe and sure as heck didn't experience.
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Postposted on Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:15 pm

boing wrote:I tried Xango Mangosteen use cause it was supposedly very good for your health and energizing. I took it for a month and nothing happened.

I was very curious on the claims made by the miraculous effects it was supposed to have, so I let my dad try double dosage for a period of 4 weeks. He suffers from diabetes, high bloodpressure and high cholesterol-levels.

He did a test before this little experiment, and after those 4 weeks passed, his doctor did a new test.

The result: Nothing whatsoever. The cholesterol-levels were a tiny bit higher (which is no good), other than that there was no difference at all.

This cost me around $300 for the amount of juice I bought.

I don't believe it's a total scam because there certainly are alot of testimonials about how good benefits they had gotten. What is a scam though is to say that EVERYONE benefits from it, something I don't believe and sure as heck didn't experience.


i agree, and so does my doctor.

all these health nutjobs and non-drug ppl always somehow claim that
a product (vitamin, juice, fruit, vegetable) will produce some kinda
miracle working for your body, and i seriously think that every claim
known to man has been false. sure, the stuff is healthy for you, but not
to the extent you need to pay $40 for a bottle of it and it claims it helps
your immune system that much! :roll:
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Re: Health Drinks?

Postposted on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:53 am

What about adding lemon slices to your water for flavoring, little to no calories and it's easy and cheap. Most of these really expensive "healthy" beverages are nothing more than a waste of money. Better than soda/pop? Sure. As others have said not for the amount they charge you, though. Tea,water,100% natural from fruit fruit juice (still sugary but better than the soda you want to replace), v8, wheat grass. Straying from these really just gets you filler flavor at the cost of ingredients that may or may not actually help you.

You could also do something like pre-mixed lemonade or iced tea mix. Sure the stuff isn't "good" for you but if you were drinking soda anyway I'm not sure what's in the mix will bother you anymore than the empty calories in pop. You can add as much or as little as you want for flavoring and sugar content.
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Re: Health Drinks?

Postposted on Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:45 am

I bought my own juicer a year ago and now do my own healthy juices from fresh fruits and vegetables. It's cheaper and probably much healthier than any of the stuff that's sold in supermarkets, through MLM or on webshops.
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Re: Health Drinks?

Postposted on Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:46 pm

Wow, a six year old thread.

Has the world of health drinks changed much since then?

boing wrote:I bought my own juicer a year ago and now do my own healthy juices from fresh fruits and vegetables. It's cheaper and probably much healthier than any of the stuff that's sold in supermarkets, through MLM or on webshops.


Juicers are wonderful if you can afford the fruits and veggies to juice in them. It adds up rather fast. If I had to do this again, I'd probably cut the fruit juice with ice water to make it last longer.
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