I read something the other day that I found very interesting. Very simply, our taste preferences are heavily influenced by exposure (of course, we all know this) to particular foods and apparently we have a tendency to eat healthier foods when we drink water! This conclusion after two separate studies - one with young children and vegetable consumption, the other with adults pairing food and drink. The older group tended to go for a combination of soda and salty, calorie-dense foods over vegetables while the little ones ate more raw veggies when the meal was accompanied by water over a sugary beverage.
"If the drink on the table sets the odds against both adults and children eating their vegetables, then perhaps it is time to change that drink, and replace it with water," the researchers concluded.
Duh! I mean, amen. We are very fortunate to have access to clean drinking water. We should drink it. I am always a bit shocked when people ask me what I drink. Water of course! It is the obvious choice over juices, sodas, and other sugar-filled junk. I hope that is not obnoxious and self-righteous sounding but it is my stand. Nice to have some more research to back me up.