Beverages – Underestimating Their Caloric Clout

31 Dec
A cappuccino.

A cappuccino. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you think that drink you are sipping on is low cal? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about it at all. You just drink what ever you crave, or whatever you have gotten into the habit of drinking. For some it’s pop, others go for coffee – double double, still others reach for the healthier choices like milk or juice. What many people fail to realize is how many calories are in these beverages.

Orange juice – 122 calories/cup
Milk 1% – 110 calories/cup
Coca-Cola – 110/cup
16-ounce Starbucks Coffee mocha without the whipped cream – 240 calories

And what about those flavoured creamers we like to add to our coffee? One popular brand of sugar free, fat free French vanilla creamer contains 35 calories per tablespoon! I don’t think I have ever seen anyone add only one tablespoon of creamer to a coffee! By the way, an 8 ounce cup of black coffee contains only 2 calories. Tea, black – zero calories. Adding just 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of creamer adds 54 calories to these otherwise calorie free drinks.

What should you do? If you’re thirsty, drink water. Plain ordinary water. As for fruit juices, consider them a treat, not a staple. If you need fruit in your diet, eat fruit, don’t drink it. You will get more health benefits from the whole fruit than just the juice. As for milk, yes dairy is good for you – in moderation. The Canada Food Guide recommends 2-3 servings of dairy per day for adults and 3-4 for children and teens. Again, if you’re thirsty, drink water. As for tea and coffee, go for black, or add cream and sugar sparingly. Pop – do I even need to mention it!? Lot’s of calories, no health benefit. Avoid it. I’ve seen people lose dozens of pounds by changing nothing other than their beverage choices.



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