By Katinka Podmaniczky

As you’ve probably heard by now, drinking sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks can be bad for your health. In fact, these drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

The trouble is, most sugar-sweetened beverages add calories without providing any nutritional benefit. Did you know that a typical 20-ounce soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar and 250 calories? An average adult would have to walk at a brisk pace for 45 minutes just to burn off these calories.

Luckily, there’s an alternative beverage that is great at quenching thirst, helps maintain your weight, increases your level of energy, helps you feel and look healthier, and is completely affordable!

If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about WATER and it’s available right through your faucet!

Best of all, for those of us who live in Boston, we have access to the tastiest tap water in New England, according to the New England Water Works Association. (Yup, there’s an award for that!)

Each year, the Boston Sewer and Water Commission puts out an annual update on the quality of the drinking water in the city. You may have received this report recently through the mail.

Want to know more about the quality of drinking water in your neighborhood? Check out the 2012 “Generations of Great Water” report in English or en Espanol (pdf).