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Cough Drops Could Be Making You Fat

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Walk into any CVS and you’ll see a colorful collection of cough drops. I doubt many people even think about reading the ingredients or nutrition facts on cough drops…typically you wouldn’t think of them as “food,” but rather as medicine. After all, medicine’s supposed to be good for your health, right?

Do me a favor, the next time you’re looking for cough drops check the label. It’s amazing how much sugar, artificial ingredients, and other unhealthy ingredients they can pack into a small, seemingly healthy cough drop. Each drop is about 15 calories-all of which are derived from sugar. If you’re sick, popping drop after drop, those calories can seriously pile up quickly, especially if they’re as delicious as Halls Breezers are.

What’s worse is that the sugar quickly spikes your blood sugar, sends insulin spiraling through your body, and ultimately forces your body into fat storage mode. Yuck! I think what surprised me most was that some brands, most notably Halls Breezers (which taste delicious, kinda like candy…I guess that’s because they pretty much are), are LOADED with artifical colors, artifical sweeteners, and even trans fats!!!

I can tolerate artifical colors/sweeteners occasionally for the sake of soothing my throat, but trans fats (“partially hydrogenated oils” on nutrition labels) are a huge no-no. I’m not about to sacrifice my heart health and cholesterol levels-it’s not worth it in the long run.

The next time you’re sick choose a healthier option to alleviate the pain…drink a cup of green tea with honey, or look for cough drops that are “natural” or “organic.”  Halls Naturals and others are made only with natural flavors and no chemicals whatsoever. They even have a drop with real honey in the center. Honey’s loaded with antioxidants that can help you get over your colder quicker. It’s a healthy, tasty way to fight off the worst of colds.

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Bryan DiSanto

Owner & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
Bryan DiSanto is the Owner & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, ACE-CPT & CSN, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness/nutrition nutjob.

When he’s not working on his (or somebody else’s) abs, whipping up Eggocados, or running a Tough Mudder, he’s probably off yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.