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Thursday, May 20, 2010

High Calorie Coffee Drinks

I usually get the treat of buying a coffee at Starbucks 1-2 times a week. I was standing in line this morning getting ready to order my drink and I was listening to people's drink orders and I was amazed. The woman in the front of the line ordered a Venti, peppermint, white chocolate mocha with whip cream. At a WHOPPING 700 calories, 24 grams of fat (16 of which are SATURATED fat), 270mg of sodium, 104 grams of SUGAR, and 60mg of cholesterol... it's a health nightmare in a cup!
The next person ordered a Grande Caramel Macchiato without whip cream. Which totals 240 calories, 7 grams of fat and 31 grams of sugar.

We must choose are drinks wisely just like our food. It's nice to treat ourselves to a coffee, but when you are drinking 104 grams of sugar in one drink, it's not much of a treat but more of a diet sabotage.

Know what your caloric intake should be for a day, there are many sites out there that will help you calculate this, determining your activity level, weight, and height. Plan accordingly. If my caloric intake for a day is 1200 calories, then I should not waste 400 of them on a coffee that has very little nutrition benefit.

Don't drink your calories! Drinking high calorie beverages such as; high sugar & high fat coffee's, sodas, sports drinks or juices, can add up quickly.

Check out Starbucks website and put in your drink of choice.


Happy Thursday!

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