What is wilson silverleaf? We're organitarians; it's best for our bodies and the planet. We cloth diapered Nina for the same reason. We drive a hybrid car & wish we could afford solar panels on our house. I'm a strong advocate for homebirth, full-time mom, & also a movie junkie. We don't have a tv though; we watch dvds on our computer. We love contradancing. I garden & knit; Larry's a puzzle lover & plays fantasy football.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

innocuous seeming drinks

I haven't had any of these (though the Baskin & Robbins one I might still try, even knowing the "skinny" about it). And if you know me at all you will know that fat from coconuts doesn't scare me at all (pina colada is just too sweet for me though).

This is lifted from Yahoo Health.

Worst "Healthy" Drink
Glaceau VitaminWater (any flavor; 20 oz bottle)
130 calories
33 grams sugar

Vitamins and water might sound like the ultimate nutritional tag team, but what the label doesn’t say is that a bottle of this stuff carries nearly as much sugar and calories as a can of Coke. Makes sense, though, since this so-called functional beverage is produced by our often-sugar-crazy friends at The Coca-Cola Company.

Worst Juice Imposter
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz can)
360 calories
84 g of sugar

These hulking calorie cannons (5 percent juice, 95 percent sugar water) are sold at gas stations and convenience stores across America for the low, low price of 99 cents, making this quite possibly the cheapest source of empty calories in the country.

Worst Smoothie
Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d Power Smoothie (30 oz)
1,170 calories
169 g sugars
30 g fat

Jamba Juice calls it a smoothie; we call it a milkshake, with more sugar than an entire bag of chocolate chips. (Note: We're pretty sure this is the drink Hollywood actors rely on when looking to put on 20 pounds for the role as a heavy!)

Worst Summer Cocktail
Pina Colada
625 calories
75 g sugars

Made from a blend of sickly-sweet pineapple juice and fat-riddled coconut milk, pina coladas may be this summer's biggest beach-body saboteurs. In fact, the only redeeming part of this drink is the garnish — that lonely chunk of pineapple hanging from the rim. Try a lime daiquiri or a mojito instead and save up to 400 calories a drink.

The Unhealthiest Drink in America
Baskin Robbin’s Large Heath Bar Shake (32 oz)
2,310 calories
266 g sugar
108 g fat (64 g saturated)

Let's look at America's Worst Drink in numbers:

73: The number of ingredients that go into this milkshake.
66: The number of teaspoons of sugar this drink contains.
11: The number of Heath Bars you would have to eat to equal the number of calories found in one Baskin Robbins Large Heath Bar Shake.
8-12: The average number of minutes it takes to consume this drink.
240: The number of minutes you’d need to spend on a treadmill burning it off, running at a moderate pace.


julia said...

2,310 calories!!!!! Oh holy god.

The Caretaker said...

Wow, talk about informative. Most processed/prepared/prepackaged food is unhealthy (which I'm sure you and your readers are well aware of) but this stuff is off the charts. Good research. Perhaps you would like to post information on healthy drinks, for example, the Gin martini. Low calories, served in small quantities, and served with produce (traditional: olives, gibson: cocktail onions, twist: lemon, etc.). Meh.

lola coca-cola said...

Good point, caretaker. Martinis it is, why bother with anything else? I have some Bombay sapphire, wanna come over?

StarBerry said...

Dirty Sapphire's are my fav!

The Caretaker said...

B.S. !!! You've got B.S.? Oh I'd love to take you up on your offer of Bombay Sapphire, alas I'm all out of carbon credits and to take my Schwinn Suburban will take far too long to get from the East coast to the West coast. So instead, I will clink a toast to you this weekend.
Then again, can carbon credits only be bought, can't we grow our own?