Coffee is the world’s most popular fix. And yet it’s hard to know what to make of the mixed messages about its effects on our health.We want to set the record straight: Coffee, down to its deep, dark, caffeine-filled soul, is not that bad for you. And that’s good, because four out of five American adults drink the heady brew.
Problem is, blended coffee drinks are not the same as the unsullied stuff—and most people are easily fooled by frozen drinks packed with sugar and dangerous fats.
* Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Starbucks
Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème – whip (grande) 24 oz.
15 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
120 g sugars
This afternoon pick-me-up is a clandestine delivery system for 30 plus teaspoons of sugar. To top this sugar load, you would have to
munch through three sticky orders of cotton candy.
Drink This Instead!
Espresso Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee
0.5 g fat
13 g sugars
” Some Other Dangerous Sugar-Packed Foods in America “
* Most Sugar-Packed Cereal
Quaker Natural Granola: Oats, Honey & Raisins (1 cup)
30 g sugars
Warning: Granola’s reputation as a great way to start your day is largely unfounded. The problem is those healthy-sounding oats are invariably battered with a variety of sweeteners, making it not only the one of the sweetest cereals in the aisle, but also one of the most caloric. In fact, one cup of this stuff has more sugar than two servings of Lucky Charms.
* Most Sugar-Packed Yogurt
Au Bon Pain’s Large Low-Fat Blueberry Yogurt with Fruit (15 oz.)
75 g sugars
Don’t let Au Bon Pain trick you into thinking that this is one of its healthier options—it has nearly four times more sugar than the Apple Strudel. In fact, most fruit-flavored yogurts should be avoided, since the “fruit” usually comes in the form of a puddle of high fructose corn syrup waiting at the bottom of the cup.
* Most Sugar-Packed Fruit Drink
Sonic’s Route 44 Cherry Slush
170 g sugars
There are just two parts to the cherry slush: ice and sugar. That leaves no room for real cherry in the slush, just as there ought to be no room in your diet for 44 ounces of frozen sugar.
* Most Sugar-Packed Sandwich
Subway’s Foot-Long Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki
38 g sugars
The most distressing part: this sandwich finds its way onto Subway’s “healthy” menu. Ignore the claims of ‘low fat’ that adorn the menu board; the teriyaki sauce contributes nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar to the sandwich, which will soon find their way to your waistline.
* Most Sugar-Packed Soft Drink
52 g sugars
Soft drinks are the No. 1 source of added sugar in the American diet, and this perennial favorite is the worst offender of all. Drink just one of these a day and you’re looking at adding nearly 42 pounds of sugar to your diet this year alone.
* Most Sugar-Packed Cookie
Dunkin’ Donut’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
51 g sugars
Oatmeal and raisins on their own are good eats, but combined in this massive cookie they contribute to a full meal’s worth of calories. You’re better off eating two glazed donuts than sinking your teeth into this disaster.
* Most Sugar-Packed Chunky Ice Cream
Baskin Robbins Large Fudge Brownie 31 Below (24 oz)
233 g sugars
Baskins’ Law: The chunkier the ice cream, the more havoc it will wreak on one’s waistline. As a rule of thumb, avoid all specialty concoctions, sundaes, and shakes at Baskins; if you must splurge, stick to a single scoop in a cup. Better yet, take advantage of their impressive array of sorbets, sherbets, and no-sugar-added ice creams.
* Most Sugar-Packed Kids’ Meal
Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Combo Lunchables
61 g sugars
Kids love Lunchables, and for the usual reason: It’s a candy box. Too bad so many busy parents use them to fill empty lunchboxes. But this kids’ meal has more calories than a Whopper and more sugar than two Snickers bars; suddenly, packing their own lunches becomes more of a priority. Anything to avoid that prepackaged candy and sugary drink.
* Most Sugar-Packed Side Dish
Boston Market’s Cinnamon Apples
42 g sugars
This apple dish is right up there with the one Eve served to Adam, and you know how that worked out. Boston Market’s sickly sweet side consists of apples overwhelmed with sugar, brown sugar, soybean oil, and cornstarch. Oh yeah, and a pinch of cinnamon—which is about the only healthy thing in it. If you want this dish done right, make it at home.
* Most Sugar-Packed Salad
Uno Chicago Grill’s Spinach, Chicken and Gorgonzola Salad
38 g sugars
The candied walnuts on this salad help to make it sweeter than a double-scoop cone of Ben & Jerry’s Butter Pecan ice cream. Choose a more sensible meal and save the sugar calories for dessert. (Which you’ll share, right?)
* Most Sugar-Packed Dinner Entrée
Uno Chicago Grill’s Baby Back Ribs
62 g sugars
Uno Chicago Grill likes to boast about the signature citrus barbecue sauce that covers these ribs. We bet we can guess the secret ingredient (hint: it’s not citrus).
Don’t be fooled. Be mindful of what you are putting in your body and start moving in a healthier direction!
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*Research Courtesy: Men’s Health Magazine