BEWARE of Empty Liquid Calories Pt 1

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

In other words, these are calories that enter your body and provide no useful purpose other than increasing body fat.

Here’s a few examples of “empty calorie” foods: chips; lollies; hot chips; all other deep-fried foods; sweetened packaged foods; refined grains such as crackers, cookies, pastries, white rice, white pasta; alcoholic beverages; etc.

But the major culprit of “empty calories” are in liquid form—soda, bottled iced teas, flavoured waters, artificial fruit juices, energy drinks, etc.

So before you reach for that next drink out of the vending machine or convenience store cooler, think again, you may be stifling your fitness efforts.

Here are a few of the “20 Worst Drinks in America 2010,” as according to Mens Health magazine:

#20. Worst Water: Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant Water

(1 bottle, 550mls)

150 calories, Og fat, 33g sugars.  Sugar equivalent to 2 Cadbury Boost Bars.

#19. Worst Bottled Tea: SoBe Green Tea

(1 bottle, 550mls)

240 calories, Og fat, 61g sugars.  Sugar equivalent to 4 slices of Nanna’s Apple Pie…Don’t be fooled, most bottled teas are made of two primary ingredients: water and sugar.

#18. Worst Energy Drink: Rockstar Energy Drink

(1 can, 440mls)

280 calories, Og fat, 62g sugars.  Sugar equivalent to 6 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts.


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