In a world! People are incredibly health conscious. They find something healthy to sip on isn’t necessarily a challenge. Water is always an option, and there are dozens of fancy spa water recipes to keep people happy for years. If they’re on the Paleo diet train or hitting the gym five days a week, or both, the people want to stay healthy and in shape! That’s not to say we don’t enjoy our indulgences; everyone grabs a doughnut or a sugar-laden iced Frappuccino now and then. What’s the real harm, if you keep to a healthy diet most of the time, right?
Unfortunately, sometimes your favorite splurge beverage can be a real diet killer, filled with calories and unwanted sugars. Grabbing a juice from the cold case may seem like a healthy choice; after all, it’s natural, right? But that same juice that seems so healthy can be loaded with hidden sugars and empty calories. In fact, many of our most beloved drinks carry those hidden calories or sugars that people miss.
Have a look at an example, a tall pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks — the quintessential fall treat loyal consumers wait for all year — has 300 calories and 39 grams of sugar. 300 calories! To put that into perspective: that’s the calorie amount of a small lunch, and you just drank it in one sitting. Kid’s drinks are some of the worst offenders; a small 8-ounce Hi-C Fruit Punch juice box has 103 calories and 26 grams of sugar, and two of the first ingredients listed are high fructose corn syrup and sugar.
We’ve rounded up a list of some unhealthy culprits that may trick you into sipping more calories than you should. Knowing where the hidden sugar or calories lurk will make it easier to avoid them.
Unhealthy drinks that you should avoid
Almond milk as unhealthy drink
Almond milk is the most favorite drink for most of the people. It tastes good and is great with smoothies. This is the best ideal choice for sensitive to dairy. People think that this is derived from almonds and give nutritional benefits. But, almond milk is made from two percent of real almonds. This leads to lack of healthy fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Some of the almond milk has sugar added into it to sweeten them up, burdening to you with unnecessary and empty calories. Drink a cold glass of water and snacking on a handful of raw almonds.
Energy drinks you should never drink
The energy drinks such as Red bull, rock star and monster. This gives a kick start and crazy things the needs to do. This helps to run in low on sleep lately. The sugar in it and caffeine addicts dream beverage. This is a nice short term burst of energy from one of these drinks. The caffeinated and sugar filled beverage, energy drinks are highly addictive that cause you to suffer nasty side effects like jitters, increased anxiety and headaches or migraines. Instead of this, try a protein packed smoothie that is mixed with a healthy carbohydrate that reaches for another red bull. The lack of protein is pretty common that cause fatigue and lucky for you and is easy to fix.
Coffee – worst drinks for body
The favorite and Starbucks drink isn’t all that healthy. Most of the people are convinced as a good idea to all the calories that come packed into their cappuccinos and macchiatos to replace real food for breakfast. The 800 calorie burst of sweet, frothy energy has a quality of those calories that earn you an F as nutrition. The saturated fat from cream based ingredients plus sugar loaded syrups and flavoring leaves you with empty calories that can devoid of any significant nutritional value. This causes you to crash and feel sluggish later. You should go and choose for the calories from real food that includes protein, complex carbs and ideally fiber too.
Chick-Fil-A is known for sweeter-than-sweet tea and so you may choose lemonade as a “healthier” option. A 9-ounce serving of lemonade has 170 calories and 43 grams of sugar.
Rockstar Energy Drink
We’ve all had the urge to bump up the caffeine levels when the 2:00 p.m. slump hits or you just need the extra energy, but an 8-ounce Rockstar Energy Drink will set you back 140 calories and a whopping 31 grams of sugar. You’ll need all the energy you get from the caffeine just to work it off.
Starbucks Eggnog Latte
You may want to grab an eggnog latte to get in the spirit of the season. However, keep in mind that a short eight-ounce eggnog latte has 230 calories and 24 grams of sugar.
Jamba Juice Mega Mango Smoothie
Smoothies are those hidden calories-killers no one ever remembers. An 8-ounce serving of the Mega Mango smoothie from Jamba Juice has 115 calories and 26 grams of sugar. Most serving sizes are 16 ounces, so you could be consuming 52 grams of sugar in one drink.
Tropicana Fruit Fury Twister
You may not think of high calorie content and lots of sugar, but the Fruit Fury Twister actually has 140 calories per serving. Even worse, a serving has 24 grams of sugar. And all 3 of the bottle sizes (10, 20, and 96) are packing 2.5 servings so you’ll get more than double the diet crash.
These drinks are far less healthy than you thought.