Hot Drinks, Juices, Mixed Drinks, August 16th, 2007

The 5 Most High-Calorie Drinks

You may be getting plenty of exercise, watching watch you eat and counting those calories carefully. But did you know that more than twenty percent of your daily calories could be coming from what you drink?

You may be getting plenty of exercise, watching watch you eat and counting those calories carefully. But did you know that more than twenty percent of your daily calories could be coming from what you drink?

The calories in drinks do not stop with the sodas, and fruit drinks you take every day with your meals, but also with the alcoholic drinks you are consuming and with the flavored waters, you might be drinking as well. Look on the label and see what the calories are in each serving, and then look to see how many servings are in that bottle or glass you are pouring.

You will find that many bottles of soda are going to state a 20-ounce drink is one and a half or two servings, and the calories that are stated, are not how many is in the entire bottle. Read the labels, think about how many you drink every day and then if you are taking in more calories than what you should be, change the drinks you are having all the time. Calories in drinks you have every day are vital to keeping yourself on a diet that will help you lose weight.

Pure fruit juices contain a high number of calories per serving but are often overlooked as a contributor to obesity because many contain valuable vitamins and minerals. But when it comes to obesity and weight control, isn’t a calorie a calorie?

The number of calories in drinks sweetened by added sugars compared to those in naturally sweetened drinks is almost identical. An 8-ounce serving of cola, on average, contains 93 calories and fruit punch has 104. The same serving of orange juice contains 102 calories, while apple juice has 107. All these drinks contain similar amounts of sugars.

The most high-calorie drinksLet’s see how some of the most common drinks measure up on the calorie counter. The following beverages are being compared to water (0 calories); coffee and tea (5 calories per 250 mL); 1% milk (110 calories for 250 mL) and orange juice (60 calories in 125 mL).

Coffee Drinks

Mochaccino or iced coffee drinks (300 mL or 10 oz) usually have over 250 calories. The syrup flavor alone has 80 calories and you may want to think twice about the whipped cream. If you absolutely must have your fancy coffee fix, make sure to get it with skim or 2% milk.
The Verdict: Coffee drinks deserve their reputation as an adult milkshake.

Individual juices
Juices sold in convenience stores typically come in 473 mL (16 fl oz) or 591 mL (21 fl oz) bottles. Believe it or not, the calories ring up quickly. A bottle of orange juice is 225 calories and the larger bottle of apple juice is just less than 300 calories. To put this in perspective, that’s more calories than a can of soda. When it comes to drinking juice, one glass to start the day is more than enough.
The Verdict: The sugar and calories in large juices rarely justify the “fruit” status.

Sports Drinks
Some sport drinks come in large “individual serving size” bottles. One brand has almost 800 mL with 250 calories. On the bright side, there is some sodium and some potassium, which may be helpful if you have worked up a sweat in humid weather. This drink also has about 60 ml (4 tbsp) of sugar.
The Verdict: If you need an extra 250 calories, fine. If not, drink water after a workout.

Sweet Fruit Juices
Grape juice and cranberry “cocktail” are two popular beverages, which carry the same calories and sugar as a soft drink. When purchased in 475 mL bottles, there are 290 calories or more. In the case of grape juice, it’s naturally sweet; cranberry cocktail has sugar added to the same level as a soft drink. So although you may think you’re getting a better nutritional value, you may just as well go for a can of soda.
The Verdict: Split a bottle of grape or cranberry cocktail over a few days.

Cocktails
Let’s get right down to the numbers. A Pina Colada rings in at a hefty 260. Rum and eggnog has 330 calories and the trendy chocolatini comes in with a whopping 440 calories. The alcohol, sweet mixes and fat in the coconut mix, eggnog and cream liqueur, all provide extra calories. That’s one thing few of us really need at this time of year.
The Verdict: Enjoy alcohol in moderation and skip the high sugar and fat mixes.

Frozen Carbonated Beverages
Frozen ice mixed with soft drink concentrates make for high calorie drinks. Furthermore, these drinks contain no vitamins or minerals. The beverages have 50 to 100 calories per 100 mL. Since the smallest cup is 500 mL (16 fl oz), the calorie content starts at 250 to calories per drink
The Verdict: A sweet drink is better left as a childhood memory.

How to avoid calories in drinks

  • Have diet mixers in drinks.
  • Have light beer and lager.
  • Avoid sugary and rich creamy drinks.
  • If having wine have it with low calorie tonic water or diet lemonade this will dilute the alcohol and reduce the calories available.
  • Have fresh fruit juice as a mixer if available.

Alcohol will increase your appetite and this will also contribute to the calories consumed, to avoid this avoid the kebabs and the chips and cheese etc.

The problem is usually not one high calorie drink, but rather the number of high calorie drinks consumed each week. Is it three, five, or maybe more? Think about you how you might enjoy an extra 750 calories per week. Choices could include three of these drinks, something more nutritious, or perhaps a completely different small indulgence. Whatever you decide, I’ve laid out the facts so you can drink to your health.



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4 Responses to “The 5 Most High-Calorie Drinks”

  1. As a banquet manager, I'm around various drinks all day. And of course I always go for the "high calorie" ones as mentioned in this blog. I guess I'll need to make a change.

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  2. I HAD A DRINK CALLED ELIVE IN THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY AND AM TRYING TO FIND WHERE I CAN BUY IT CONTAINS 250 CAL. PER 8 OZ. SERVING.I REALLY NEED FRUIT JUICE AS I'VE LOST FROM 185 TO 129LBS. CAN YOU HELP WITH A HI CALORIE FRUIT DRINK. THANKS BILL

  3. To: bill perryman

    High calorie drinks for people who need to put on weight are available from the pharmacist. Brands include 'Ensure', 'Nestlé Build Up' and 'FortiSip'. They are available on prescription, or over the counter to purchase individually. They can be thicker, milkshake style meal replacements, or fruit juices.

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