What’s in your drink?

Coffee
Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino (Grande) 350 calories
2.5 g fat
60 g sugars

For years, many have loved Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino. Did you know however that it hides 350 calories [1] and 2.5g of fat? This is more than other coffees we researched. It has 60 g of sugar. We suggest picking up a regular coffee instead.

Soda/Pop
Sunkist (1 can)
190 calories
0 g fat
52 g sugar

Sodas are generally not a healthy choice because they all earn 100 percent of their calories from sugar. Fruity sodas contain more sugar than the cola ones. Sunkist contains 190 calories [2]. It has 52g of sugar – this is equivalent to four Ice Cream Sandwiches. Also note that Sunkist has artificial colors yellow 6 and red 40. These two chemicals have been tied to behavioral and concentration problems in children.

Beer
Molson Canadian (341mL, 12oz) 150 calories
0 g fat
12 g carbohydrates
5.1% alcohol

What could be more relaxing on a hot day than a cold beer while sitting on the patio? A Molson Canadian packs 150 calories [3] in each bottle. Granted, the alcohol itself provides most of the calories, but it’s the extra heft of carbohydrates that helps stuff over 900 calories into each six-pack. Maybe a light beer might be a better choice.
Shake
Cold Stream Creamery PB&C Shake (Like It size) 533 ml 1280 calories
82 g fat
104 g sugar

The Cold Stone Creamery PB&C shake weighs in at 1280 Calories [4]. It also hides 82 g of fat and 104 g of sugar. It does taste great, but hides a lot of calories. There are healthier options out there – you may want to think twice before you pick one up – this is nearly half a days of calorie intake all in one drink.

Frozen Coffee Drink
Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte (24 fl oz) 870 calories
26 g fat (19 g saturated)
124 g sugar

This coffee-dessert hybrid carries 1g of fat, and 4.6g [5] of sugar in every OUNCE, this is why Coffee-dessert hybrids are listed as one of the worst breeds of beverages. If you want to save yourself from around 600 calories, skip DQ and go to a coffee shop instead, you can even allow yourself to have a large iced latte with a couple shots of flavored syrup for far less calories. However, we still recommend you go for a small one!

Drive-Thru Shake
McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake (large, 32 fl oz) 1,110 calories
26 g fat (16 g saturated, 2 g trans)
Cholesterol 100 mg
145 g sugar

Men’s Health magazine recently reported the milkshake as the least healthy beverage! The large McDonalds milkshake, with 1110 calories [6] helps to prove that. The shake has the sugar equivalent of over 4 McDonald’s Baked Hot Apple pies[7].

Executive Summary
Many popular drinks have far more calories and sugar content than you have been led to believe. Please read on to learn more about the contents of the drinks we consume daily. What’s in your drink – You might be surprised…

References for material used in this article:
http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/starbucks/vanilla-bean-frappuccino-grande/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/sunkist/orange-soda/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/molson/canadian-lager/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/cold-stone-creamery/pb26c-shake/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/dairy-queen/caramel-moolatteu2122/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/mcdonalds/vanilla-triple-thick-shake-32-fl- oz-cup/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/mcdonalds/apple-pie-usa/