Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

What’s in your drink?

One of the biggest pitfalls in mindless eating in the United States is our sugary beverage consumption.   Did you know if you drink one or more sodas per day, you are 27% more likely to be overweight? Think about it, when you swig down a fountain drink, are you thinking about where you need to cut calories during the remainder of the day? Our stomachs don’t register liquid calories like solid food calories.  Calorie-laden beverages will not satisfy hunger and are filled with sugar, which provides little nutritional benefit other than a quick energy burst.

Soda isn’t the only beverage that contributes empty calories.  Check out this list of calorie-laden beverages and see if your drink needs a cut from your daily diet:

12 oz can Cola: 140 calories

Tall Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino (without whip): 190 calories

16 oz Gatorade: 100 calories

12 oz Frozen Mocha Cappuccino from WaWa: 490 calories

Large (32oz) Sweet Tea from McDonalds: 320 calories

Small Wild Berry Smoothie from McDonalds: 210 calories

Small (20oz) High Protein Banana Smoothie from Smoothie King: 322 calories

12 oz Minute Maid Lemonade: 150 calories