It only takes consuming an extra 100 calories a day to gain 10 pounds in a year! That’s less than the amount of calories in one can of regular cola. Don’t forget the hidden calories in 100% juice. While 100% juice does give you nutrients that colas do not, it is a concentrated source of fruit sugars. An 8-ounce cup of orange juice has 112 calories. You get more nutrients and feeling of fullness from eating the whole fruit than drinking the fruit juice.
Warming up in the winter with hot beverages can also give you unwanted calories. Here are some common winter time drinks and the calorie punch they provide:
- McCafe large peppermint hot chocolate with non-fat milk: 340 calories, 5g fat
- McCafe large mocha: 400 calories, 14g fat
- McCafe large mocha with non-fat milk: 330 calories, 6g fat
- Starbucks venti white chocolate mocha: 580 calories, 22g fat
- Starbucks venti pumpkin spiced latte: 470 calories, 15g fat
- Starbucks grande white hot chocolate with whipped cream: 490 calories, 19g fat
The good news: It only takes 100 less calories per day to lose 10 pounds in a year.
For more information, check out these articles on coffee drinks or soft drinks on the MissouriFamilies website.
Contributors: Mary Keels, Dietetic Intern, MDHSS; Denise Schmitz, M.A., R.D., MU Extension Nutrition & Health Education Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org