Drinks – The Facts
When we’re losing weight, we tend to focus on food as the major obstacle in the way of us achieving our goals, but there is another culprit. What we drink can have a huge impact on our daily calorie intake.
For many of us, our morning coffee is the only thing that turns us into a functioning human being. But your choice of coffee could be adding a lot of calories to your daily intake. Coffee itself contains hardly any calories – but if you’re a fan of a whipped cream topped mocha, or even a simple latte, you could be drinking up to 400 kcals with each cup. Have a look at the difference below:
Chocolate Frappe (standard 320g serving)439 kcal
Large Cappuccino: 120 kcal
Large Latte:190 kcal
Standard mug white coffee (with semi skimmed milk): 20 kcal
Standard Mug Black Coffee:2 kcal
It’s also important to remember that because coffee itself doesn’t contain any calories (well, 2 per serving), it doesn’t actually provide us with any energy. It’s a stimulant so it just gives us a temporary boost which makes us feel more alert. So it’s always a good idea to eat a healthy breakfast along with your morning coffee! Read more about breakfasts here.
There is a lot of misunderstanding around fruit juice and whether it’s actually good for us – and it’s hard to know what to believe.
The good news:
Fruit juice contains essential vitamins and other nutrients.
The bad news:
By making fruit into juices, we remove the fibre which we need to slow down the release of sugar. Without fibre, drinking juice has a similar effect as drinking a can of cola. A 300ml bottle of orange juice can contain around 7 teaspoons of sugar, which is almost as much as a can of cola. If you do have fruit juice, try and keep it to 150ml per day or add water to it, to water down the sugar content.
We all know that fizzy drinks are not great for us – they contain minimal nutrients and have a very high sugar content – so they should be kept to a minimum. Did you know that a can of ginger beer can contain almost 13 teaspoons of sugar? Which is WAY over an adult’s recommended allowance of 7 teaspoons.
And the best drink of all… water.
Our bodies are 60% water so it is essential that we drink enough of it to make sure it can carry out essential functions and keep us healthy. Aim to drink 6 - 8 glasses a day to keep - if you’re not a fan, learn to love it by trying it with a few wedges of lemon or lime, or even a few slices of cucumber!
And if you want to know about alcohol check out our post - All About Alcohol