You probably know that soda is a drink that you should avoid drinking. It has high amounts of sugar, and it’s high in calories, not to mention, it has no nutritional value.
While you may have stopped drinking soda, it’s not the worst drink for you. Certain other drinks actually have even more sugar than sodas do, and some of them are even marketed as being “healthy” drinks. A single can of soda generally has about 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some drinks that are surprisingly even worse for you than soda.
① Fruit Juices
Many kids enjoy drinking fruit juices. They love these juices because they’re so sweet and sugary. Many fruit juices aren’t any better than drinking a soda, but since many people associate fruit juices with fruit, they aren’t scrutinized closely.
A single 12-ounce serving of apple juice contains 42 grams of sugar, 180 calories, and 43.5 carbs. That’s about the same amount of sugar contained in five fudge sickles. That’s an incredible amount of sugar.
Adding orange juice to your breakfast gives you a good dose of vitamin C. However, a 12-ounce serving of this juice has 33 grams of sugar and 165 calories.
Lemonade also has plenty of calories and sugar. Instead of turning to fruit juices, it’s a better idea to grab a piece of fruit and a glass of water instead.
② Flavored Coffees
A regular cup of coffee is fairly healthy and low in calories, and even if you add a teaspoon of sugar and a bit of cream, it’s no big deal for you.
However, grab one of those flavored coffees that taste so amazing, and you’ll be amazed at how much sugar and how many calories you are consuming.
When you drink flavored lattes, especially those that are offered seasonally, you can pack in a lot of fat, calories, and sugar. In fact, a 12-ounce serving of Pumpkin Spice Latte has 11 grams of fat, 300 calories, 38 grams of sugar and 40 carbs. If you pick the Caramel Brulee Latte in a 12-ounce, it’s even worse with 40 grams of sugar and 340 calories.
To realize how many calories you’re consuming, you’ll find that both lattes have more calories in them than a 6-piece Chicken McNugget.
They have more fat than you would get from eating five Rice Krispy treats. They contain about the same amount of sugar that is found in a regular can of soda.
Many mochas and frappuccinos are just as bad for you. To avoid all that sugar and fat, keep one thing in mind. If the name of the flavored coffee sounds like a dessert, such as a double chocolate chip, cinnamon dolce, salted caramel, or white chocolate, you should probably avoid drinking it.
③ Sweetened Iced Tea
Drinking unsweetened ice tea can be good for you. Black teas, green teas, and herbal teas offer some excellent health benefits for you. However, bottled teas, canned teas and sweetened teas you’ll get at a restaurant can be really bad for you.
At a fast food chain, you can get a single serving of sweet tea that has 27 grams of sugar and 110 calories for only 12 ounces.
However, go for the large size, which is more popular, and you get two servings of the tea. Drink the whole thing, and you’ll be drinking 54 grams of sugar and 220 calories.
One brand of canned lemon iced tea has 36 grams of sugar and 135 calories for a 12-ounce can. You can find bottled green tea that has 48.8 grams of sugar and 192 calories in just 12 ounces of tea. Drink that green tea, and you’ll get more sugar than you would if you consumed five cinnamon rolls.
All teas aren’t healthy for you, so make sure you look at the serving size and the nutrition information to figure out if you are making a smart choice. It’s better to make your tea at home.
④ Flavored Milk
Plain milk actually contains more sugar than you might think, since it contains lactose. In a 12-ounce serving, you get 20 grams of sugar.
However, if you start drinking flavored milk, you end up with high sugar content. A serving of banana strawberry flavored milk contains 42 grams of sugar and has 255 calories. Strawberry milk and vanilla milk both contain similar amounts of sugar and calories.
You can even find milk that is flavored like Girl Scout cookies. While flavored kinds of milk do have good protein in them, they are better to drink after working out instead of drinking them with each meal.
⑤ Energy Drinks
Not only do you end up getting a ton of caffeine in energy drinks, but they have an enormous amount of sugar in them. While they’ll keep you alert, you will probably crash hard a little later, feeling a lot worse than you did in the beginning.
Most of the energy drinks out there is about as bad a soda. However, they have a lot more caffeine. One popular energy drink has 41 grams of sugar and 160 calories per serving. Another energy drink boasts 46 grams of sugar and 210 calories.
If you thought soda was the worst drink out there, you’re wrong. These drinks are all as bad for you, or worse for you than drinking soda. Next time you reach for a drink, pay attention to what you’re really drinking.