28 March 2009

Did you know that more than 20% of your daily calories could be coming from what you drink? The calories in drinks not only come from sodas, and fruit drinks, but also with the alcoholic drinks you are consuming and with the flavored waters, you might be drinking as well.

You will find that many bottles of soda are going to state a 20-ounce drink is one and a half or two servings, and the calories that are stated, are not how many is in the entire bottle. Calories in drinks you have every day are vital to keeping yourself on a diet that will help you lose weight.

Pure fruit juices contain a high number of calories per serving but are often overlooked as a contributor to obesity because many contain valuable vitamins and minerals. The number of calories in drinks sweetened by added sugars compared to those in naturally sweetened drinks is almost identical. An 8-ounce serving of cola, on average, contains 93 calories and fruit punch has 104. The same serving of orange juice contains 102 calories, while apple juice has 107. All these drinks contain similar amounts of sugars.

The most high-calorie drinks
The following beverages are being compared to :
  • water (0 calories)
  • coffee and tea (5 calories per 250 mL)
  • 1% milk (110 calories for 250 mL)
  • orange juice (60 calories in 125 mL).
Coffee Drinks
Mochaccino or iced coffee drinks (300 mL or 10 oz) usually have over 250 calories. The syrup flavor alone has 80 calories. Yet include the whipped cream. If you absolutely must have your fancy coffee fix, make sure to get it with skim or 2% milk.

Individual juices
Juices sold in convenience stores typically come in 473 mL (16 fl oz) or 591 mL (21 fl oz) bottles. The calories ring up quickly. A bottle of orange juice is 225 calories and the larger bottle of apple juice is just less than 300 calories. To put this in perspective, that's more calories than a can of soda. When it comes to drinking juice, one glass to start the day is more than enough.

Sports Drinks
One brand has almost 800 mL with 250 calories. On the bright side, there is some sodium and some potassium, which may be helpful if you have worked up a sweat in humid weather. This drink also has about 60 ml (4 tbsp) of sugar.

Sweet Fruit Juices
Grape juice and cranberry "cocktail" are two popular beverages, which carry the same calories and sugar as a soft drink. When purchased in 475 mL bottles, there are 290 calories or more. In the case of grape juice, it's naturally sweet; cranberry cocktail has sugar added to the same level as a soft drink. So although you may think you're getting a better nutritional value, you may just as well go for a can of soda.

Cocktails
A Pina Colada rings in at a hefty 260. Rum and eggnog has 330 calories and the trendy chocolatini comes in with a whopping 440 calories. The alcohol, sweet mixes and fat in the coconut mix, eggnog and cream liqueur, all provide extra calories. Enjoy alcohol in moderation and skip the high sugar and fat mixes.

Frozen Carbonated Beverages
Frozen ice mixed with soft drink concentrates make for high calorie drinks. Furthermore, these drinks contain no vitamins or minerals. The beverages have 50 to 100 calories per 100 mL. Since the smallest cup is 500 mL (16 fl oz), the calorie content starts at 250 to calories per drink.

So, how can I avoid calories in drinks
  • Have diet mixers in drinks.
  • Have light beer and lager.
  • Avoid sugary and rich creamy drinks.
  • If having wine have it with low calorie tonic water or diet lemonade this will dilute the alcohol and reduce the calories available.
  • Have fresh fruit juice as a mixer if available.
Alcohol will increase your appetite and this will also contribute to the calories consumed, to avoid this avoid the kebabs and the chips and cheese etc.

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