20 Worst Drinks in America

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In college, my biology professor taught lessons on multiple things but what she spent the longest lesson on was our body & the nutritional facts from carbs/foods. She was a thin woman so I'm sure she had a passion for it all and it wouldn't surprise me if she was an avid runner.

But in class, I never listened. Why the heck would this interest me and when would I ever need this lesson in my life?

Turns out, now I do. Im sure it would've paid off if I listened back then. Having her speak so much about this topic though, has benefitted me because there are some things I remember. Some I don't but I'm learning everyday. 

So what's my point?

I have never worked so hard to do my homework and find out information about the muscle, food, nutrition, overall health, etc. I stay up late into the wee hours of the morning making sure I get the information I already know and provide it for every single one of you. I believe that if you come onto this blog and scroll all the way down to the recipe or workout and ignore my writing, that becomes your loss because knowledge is wise. 

I try to provide all of you with the things you're not going to go out and find out yourselves. I want it to be ready when you click onto my website. Everything I write is important information. 

This is my 20 year old brain talking to the old 18 year old girl who never wanted to gain knowledge. It is so important to know. So if you're serious about getting into shape, I only hope that you read every thing I write on here. From nutrition labels to valuable information. You'll thank me later. I hope.

So today, I'll provide you with info on the worst drinks in America because I'm sure when it comes to drinks, we don't even think about the calories & sugars that are in them. I basically drink water, pure coconut juice, & un-sweet tea on a daily basis. I'll have the occasional smoothie or frappe, sweet tea or shake. I'm not going to deprive myself of delicious drinks, that's not how I do things. 

20. Worst Water

Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant Water 
(20 fl oz)
150 calories
0 g fat
33 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 2 Good Humor Chocolate Éclair Bars

Such an oxymoron. Sure, you may get a few extra vitamins, but ultimately, you’re paying a price for sugar water.

Drink this!

0 calories
0 fat
0 g sugars
19. Worst Bottled Tea

SoBe Green Tea (20 fl oz)
240 calories
0 g fat
61 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 4 slices Sara Lee Cherry Pie

The Pepsi-owned company’s flagship line, composed of 11 flavors with names like “Nirvana” and “Cranberry Grapefruit Elixir,” is marketed to give consumers the impression that it can cleanse the body, mind, and spirit. Don’t be fooled. Just like this bottle of green tea, all of these beverages are made with two primary ingredients: water and sugar.

Drink This!

Honest Tea Green Dragon tea (16 fl oz)
60 calories
0 g fat
16 g sugars

18. Worst Energy Drink 

Rockstar Energy Drink (16 fl oz)
280 calories
0 g fat
62 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 6 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts

It has 60 more calories than the same amount of Red Bull and 80 more than a can of Monster.

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Monster Lo-Carb (16 fl oz)
20 calories
0 g fat
6 g sugars

17. Worst Bottled Coffee

Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino (13.7 fl oz.)
290 calories
4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
45 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 32 Nilla Wafers

This drink has been on our radar for years, and we still haven’t managed to find a bottled coffee with more sugar. Consider this—along with Starbucks’ miniature Espresso and Cream Doubleshot—your worst option for a morning pickup.

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Illy Issimo Caffe (6.8 fl oz)
50 calories
0 g fat
11 g sugars

16. Worst Soda

Sunkist (20 fl oz)
320 calories
0 g fat
84 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 6 Breyers Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Wait . . . but aren’t all sodas equally terrible? It’s true they all earn 100 percent of their calories from sugar, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still varying levels of atrocity. Despite the perception of healthfulness, fruity sodas tend to carry more sugar than their cola counterparts, and none make that more apparent than the tooth-achingly sweet Sunkist.

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Izze Sparkling Clementine (12 fl oz)
120 calories
0 g fat
27 g sugars

15. Worst Beer

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (12 fl oz)
330 calories
0 g fat
32.1 g carbohydrates
9.6 % alcohol

Carbohydrate Equivalent: 12-pack of Michelob Ultra

Granted, the alcohol itself provides most of the calories, but it’s the extra heft of carbohydrates that helps stuff nearly 2,000 calories into each six-pack. For comparison, Budweiser has 10.6 grams of carbs, Blue Moon has 13, and Guinness Draught has 10.

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown Ale (12 fl oz)
155 calories
13.4 g carbohydrates
4.9% alcohol

14. Worst Kids' Drink

Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister (20 fl oz)
340 calories
0 g fat
60 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: Two 7 oz canisters Reddi-wip

You could actually save 200 calories by choosing a can of Pepsi instead.

Drink This!

Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch
(6.75 fl oz)
40 calories
0 g fat
10 g sugars

13. Worst Functional Beverage

Arizona Rx Energy (23 fl oz)
345 calories
0 g fat
83 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 6 Cinnamon Roll Pop-Tarts

If it’s energy you’re after, this isn’t your best vehicle. Caffeine is the only compound in the bottle that’s been proven to provide energy, and the amount found within is about what you'd get from a weak cup of coffee.

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Glaceau Vitamin Water 10 Revitalize Green Tea (20 fl oz)
25 calories
0 g fat
8 g sugars

12. Worst Juice Imposter

Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23 fl oz)
345 calories
0 g fat
81 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 7 bowls of Froot Loops

The most disturbing part isn’t that it masks itself as some sort of healthy juice product, but that this behemoth serving size costs just $.99!!

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Fuze Slenderize Strawberry Melon (18.5 fl oz)
20 calories
0 g fat
2 g sugars

11. Worst Espresso Drink

Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha w/ Whipped Cream (venti)
660 calories
22 g fat (15 g saturated)
95 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 8½ scoops Edy’s Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream

Starbucks manages to pack in more calories and saturated fat than two slices of deep-dish sausage and pepperoni pizza. That makes it the equivalent of dinner and dessert. If you want a treat, look to Starbucks’ supply of sugar-free syrups; if you want a caffeine buzz, stick to the regular joe or a cappuccino.

Drink This!

Cinnamon Dole Latte w/ Sugar-Free
Syrup (grande)
260 calories
6 g fat (4 g saturated)
38 g sugars

10. Worst Lemonade

Auntie Anne's While Cherry Lemonade Mixer (32 fl oz)
470 calories
0 g fat
110 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 11 bowls of Cookie Crisp cereal
There is no such thing as healthy lemonade, but Auntie’s line of Lemonade Mixers takes the concept of hyper-sweetened juice and stretches it to dangerous new levels. Sugar digests faster than good-for-you nutrients like protein and fiber, which means it’s in your blood almost immediately after you swallow it. 

Drink This!

Diet Lemonade (21 fl oz)
15 calories
0 g fat
0 g sugars

9. Worst Hot Chocolate

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate w/
Whipped Cream (venti)
520 calories
16 g fat (11 g saturated)
75 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 9 Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats

See that stack of Rice Krispie Treats? It’s just three treats shy of two full boxes. Here’s what’s interesting: While that stack is the sugar counterpart to this atrocity from Starbucks, it still has 40 percent less saturated fat. Makes us wonder what’s going on in the hot chocolate. Stick to beverages with single-flavor profiles instead of pile-on recipes like this and you’ll fare better every time.

Drink This!

Hot Chocolate w/ Nonfat milk (grande)
240 calories
2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
40 g sugars

8. Worst Frozen Mocha

Cosi Double Oh! Arctic Mocha (23 fl oz)
662 calories
26 g fat (15 g saturated)
88 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 19 Oreo Cookies

A frozen mocha will never be a stellar option. This has more calories than two Big Macs and more sugar than any other drink in America.

Drink This!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie (12 oz)
312 calories
12 g fat (8 g saturated)
37 g sugars

7. Worst Frozen Coffee Drink

Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatee 
(24 fl oz)
870 calories
24 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans)
112 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 12 Dunkin’ Donuts Bavarian Kreme Doughnuts

Coffee-dessert hybrids are among the worst breed of beverages. This one delivers 1 gram of fat and 4.6 grams of sugar in every ounce, making even Starbucks’ over-the-top line of Frappuccinos look like decent options. Maybe that’s why DQ decided to give it a name that alludes to the animal it promises to turn you into. If you can bring yourself to skip DQ and head to a coffee shop instead, order a large iced latte with a couple shots of flavored syrup 
and save some 600 calories. But if you’re 
stuck where you are, you’re better off 
pairing a small treat with a 
regular cup of joe.

Drink This!

Small Chocolate Ice Cream Cone w/
a small Medium cup of Coffee
240 calories
7 g fat (5 g saturated)
25 g sugars

6. Worst Margarita

Traditional Red Lobster Lobsterita (24 fl oz)
890 calories
0 g fat
183 g carbohydrates

Carbohydrate Equivalent: 7 Almond Joy candy bars

The nation’s biggest fish purveyor is one of the few big players in the restaurant biz to provide its customers with a wide selection of truly healthy food options. Drink one of these every Friday night and you’ll put on more than a pound of flab each month.

Drink This!

Red Lobster Classic Margarita on the Rocks
250 calories
0 g fat
22 g carbohydrates

5. Worst Float

Baskin-Robbins Ice cream Soda
(vanilla ice cream w/ cola) (large)
960 calories
40 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
136 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 9.7 Fudgsicle fudge bars

Done right, an ice cream float can be a decent route to indulgence. Apparently the chain approaches the art of beverage-crafting as a challenge to squeeze in as much fat and sugar as possible. Whatever you order, plan on splitting it with a friend.

Drink This!

Ice Cream Float (vanilla ice cream and root beer) (small)
470 calories
20 g fat (13 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
68 g sugars)

4. Worst Frozen Fruit Drink

Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller
(20 fl oz)
980 calories
40 g fat (36 g saturated)
115 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 16 medium-size chocolate eclairs

Do your heart a favor and avoid any of Krispy Kreme’s “Kremey” beverages. The basic Chillers aren’t the safest of sippables either, but they’ll save you up to 880 calories.

Drink This!

Very Berry Chiller (20 fl oz)
290 calories
0 g fat
71 g sugars

3. Worst Drive-Thru shake

McDonald's Triple Thick Chocolate
Shake (large)
1,160 calories
27 g fat, (16 g saturated, 2 g trans)
168 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 13 McDonald’s Baked Hot Apple Pies

There are very few milk shakes in America worthy of your hard-earned calories, but few will punish you as thoroughly as this Mickey D’s drive-thru disaster. Not only does it have more than half your day’s caloric and saturated fat allotment and more sugar than you’d find in Willy Wonka’s candy lab, but Ronald even finds a way to sneak in a full day of cholesterol-spiking trans fat.

Drink This!

Hot Fudge Sundae (small)
330 calories
10 g fat (7 g saturated)
48 g sugars

2. Worst Smoothie

Smoothie Kin gPeanut Power
plus Grape (large)
1,498 calories
44 g fat (8 g saturated)
214 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 20 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

If Smoothie King wants someone to blame for landing this high on our worst beverages roundup (and truth be told, its entire menu is riddled with contenders), the chain should point the smoothie straw at whichever executive came up with the cup-sizing structure. Sending someone out the door with a 40-ounce cup should be a criminal offense. Who really needs a third of a gallon of sweetened peanut butter blended with grape juice, milk, and bananas? Sugar-and-fat-loaded smoothies like this should be served from 12-ounce cups, not mini kegs.

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High Protein Banana (small)
322 calories
9 g fat (1 g saturated)
23 g sugars

1. Worst Beverage in America

Cold Stone PB&C (gotta have it/24 fl oz)
2,010 calories
131 g fat (68 g saturated)
153 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies
In terms of saturated fat, drinking this Cold Stone catastrophe is like slurping up 68 strips of bacon. Health experts recommend capping your saturated fat intake at about 20 grams per day, yet this beverage packs more than three times that into a cup the size of a Chipotle burrito. But here’s what’s worse: No regular shake at Cold Stone, no matter what the size, has fewer than 1,000 calories. If you must drink your ice cream, make it one of the creamery’s “Sinless” options. Otherwise you’d better plan on buying some bigger pants on the way home.

Drink This!

Sinless Oh Fudge Shake )like it size/16 fl oz)
490 calories
2 g fat (2 g saturated)
44 g sugars

Are you drinking any of these drinks?
Adapted from Drink this, Not that! Book

Thanks for reading!

Love, Angel xo

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