Soda has a bad reputation for its sugar content and sabotaging your diet, but there are other drinks that contain nearly as much sugar in each serving as an 8 oz. glass of soda. Commonly, these are drunk with disregard to sugar content. However, sodas are not the only drinks that deserve the reputation for being a diet saboteur. Some of your favorite drinks from smoothies to cocktails are sabotaging your diet one drink at a time.
Some alcoholic beverages contain as much sugar as an 8 oz. soda
Drinking alcoholic beverages on a regular basis is a way to sabotage your diet by filling it with excess sugar; not just calories. Watching your nutrition throughout the day only to drink at night can add anywhere from 95 calories-think Michelob Ultra-to hundreds or more in sugar.
Although Michelob Ultra only has 2.6 grams of carbohydrates and zero sugar; cocktails such as White Russians add up depending on who's pouring the coffee liqueur. Although there's no sugar in cream or vodka, the coffee liqueur can equal nearly as much as an 8 oz. soda. What about vodka tonics? According to Calorie King even this vodka based drink has as many as 18 grams of sugar in an average highball glass; making this low cal drink high in sugar.
Fruit juices offer as much sugar as its proposed health benefits
In conversations with friends or clients I'm told they don't drink soda because it's full of sugar, but they drink juice on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this way of thinking will add sugar to your day and sabotage your diet. For example, one 8 oz. glass of Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice contains 22 grams of sugar. Orange juice, as well as other juices, offer health benefits, but how many people stick to a single serving? Not everyone. It's easy to drink a 16 oz. tumbler; consuming two times the amount of sugar in one sitting.
Smoothies also contain more sugar than you expect
When smoothies came out it was the answer to all missed meals. It was quick, easy, and served an array of nutrients through a straw. What most people didn't count on was the amount of sugar found in a single smoothie. Smoothie King, which developed in the 70's, is well known for their fruity concoctions, but some of these fruit drinks have as much as 125 grams of sugar in a 20 oz. serving.
For instance, if you're drinking The Strawberry Hulk it's the same as drinking three cokes in one sitting. Sodas may be one of your weaknesses, but an accumulation of these sugary drinks will sabotage your diet.
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