Don’t Drink Your Calories

sugary drinksFor many of us winter weather is the perfect excuse to sip on a warm beverage. But keep in mind whether you drink your calories, or eat them, your body will process them in a similar manner.

“I always recommend unsweetened tea as a warm and healthy drink,” said registered dietitian, Shelli Meulemans. “Even if you add your own sweetener, the sugar content will still be much lower than buying a sweetened tea or other beverage and gives you the opportunity to adjust little by little to your taste profile.”

Take the quiz below to learn some surprising facts about your favorite beverages and ways to cut back this holiday season.

1. A Starbucks® peppermint white chocolate mocha with whipped cream (venti, 20 fl oz) has grams of sugar.

a. 25 (about 6 teaspoons)

b. 38 (about 9.5 teaspoons)

c. 75 (about 18 teaspoons)

d. 95 (about 24 teaspoons)

2. In comparison, a 20 oz bottle of Coca-Cola® contains grams of sugar.

 a. 41

b. 65

c. 70

d. 85

3. The American Heart Association® recommends limiting added sugar to grams a day for men and grams for women.

a. 20, 15

b. 35, 20

c. 45, 30

d. 70, 50

4. By holding the whipped cream on any coffee or beverage you can save calories.

a. 25

b. 40

c. 50

d. 90


1. D, 2. B, 3. C, 4. C

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