Diet Blog has an interesting post "Do Americans Have a Drinking Problem?" on how the Average American has nearly doubled the amount of calories he/she intakes through beverages alone over the past 37 years. I was curious to see just how many calories one could consume just through drinks alone living in our Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Vitamin Water, soda society.
I was shocked to find that you could innocently consume 700 calories alone and be someone who is generally conscious about what they consume. In this first example, I used Odwalla OJ, milk, a Fuze drink, a basic Starbucks coffee, and a glass of Merlot for dinner. There is no soda, no fat/sugar loaded Frappucinos, or even any fat/sugar loaded alcoholic drinks like a Pina Colada.
Most of the drinks on this list could be considered pretty innocent, and drinks most health-conscious folks would imbibe. In your head, you could easily rationalize that if you had to have a Starbucks drink that a Soy Gingerbread Latte minus whip is not going to break your caloric bank like a Strawberries & Creme Frappucino would. As well at dinner, one glass of Merlot is better than having a Mai Tai. One at a time, each choice seems like a fairly innocent one, but add them up over the day, and WHAMO! 700 calories and you haven't even eaten any food! Shockingly as well, you are consuming 112g of sugar. That's pure fuel for muffin top creation.
I was going to add a Jamba Juice drink into this mix because most of us consider Jamba drinks "healthy", but holey moley, those drinks are loaded with calories and sugar, and the lower cal versions use artificial sweeteners which I think everyone should avoid. So, to keep the heart palpitations to a minimum, I left Jamba Juice out.
To relieve the shocking horror, I created another table that lists lower calorie and lower sugar alternatives to the above list.