BEWARE of Empty Liquid Calories Pt 2

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “empty calories”.

What are they? Why are they so bad for you? How can you avoid them?

Empty Calories = High Calories but Low in Nutritional Values

#16. Worst Soda: Sunkist

(1 bottle, 550mls)

320 calories, 0g fat, 84g sugars.  Sugar equivalent to 6 Bulla Ice Cream Bars.  While all sodas get 100 percent of their calories from sugar, some are still worse than others.  Fruity sodas tend to carry more sugar than regular colas.  Orange soda relies on artificial colours yellow 102 and red 40 – two chemicals that may be linked to behavioural and concentration problems in children.

#14. Worst Kids Drink: Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister

(1 bottle, 600mls)

340 calories, 0g fat, 60g sugars.  Sugar equivalent to two 7-ounce canisters of Dairy Whip.  Don’t be fooled…the Twister line of ‘fruit juices’ have on 10 percent juice and 90 percent sugar with artificial flavours and colouring.

#11. Worst Espresso Drink:  Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream

(venti, 500ml)

660 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated), 95g sugars.  Sugar equivalent to 3 150g servings of Cold Rock Vanilla Ice Cream…and more calories and saturated fat than two slices of deep-dish sausage and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s.

Okay, I’m going to stop there.  Do you see a pattern here?  Lots of calories and loads of sugar.

Research from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that it’s not uncommon for the average Australian to consume 800 calories or more per day through drinks along.

If you drink 2-3 of these “empty calorie” drinks every day, that’s up to 5600 calories per week or over 1-1/2 pounds of fat per week.

Extra weight isn’t the only problem associated with drinking empty calories, consuming too many calories—especially empty calories—can lead to a variety of conditions: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea, high cholesterol, not to mention tooth decay from the sugars.

Your best bet, stick with water.  But if you must, check the label.  Go for diet soda instead of regular; use low-calorie sweeteners/creamers in your coffee; look for low sugar content in flavoured waters; etc.


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