The authors of the best-selling Eat This, Not That! series have returned with their latest book, Drink This, Not That: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution, an eye-opening guide that uncovers some unsightly truths about your favorite sips. Just released on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Drink This, Not That will make you second-guess whether or not you want to chug a day’s worth of sugar in your beloved morning coffee drink.
David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, editors for Men’s Health magazine, have not just divulged some of the crazy nutrition statistics of many of the most popular (and unhealthy) American foods, but they have backed up their fact-findings by offering us healthier yet still tasty alternatives. While their previous books have covered foods we eat with forks, spoons or even our hands, in their newest release, Drink This, Not That, they are focusing on what we are sipping through straws.
The truth sometimes hurts, folks, so just be aware that many of the nutrition stats are far from pretty. According to Zinczenko and Goulding, beverages now make up nearly 25 percent of the average American’s daily caloric intake—a number that has almost doubled over the past 40 years. From coffee drinks to juices and from expensive waters to sports drinks, many health experts have pointed the finger at the beverage industry for the rapidly climbing rates of obesity in this country, especially among children.
So the Eat This, Not That gurus are cruscading for your health as they educate you on just what is in your favorite smoothie and what option might be a more slimming beverage for you to quench your post-workout thirst.
Thanks to Zinczenko and Goulding, here is a look at some of the unhealthiest drinks lining the coolers and beverage shelves of America’s grocers:
- SoBe Green Tea: Calories: 240 in a 20-ounce bottle; Sugars: 61 grams; Sugar equivalent: Four slices Sara Lee Cherry Pie. Drink this instead: Honest Tea Green Dragon Tea: Calories: 60 in a 16-ounce bottle; Sugars: 16 grams.
- Sunkist orange soda: Calories: 320 in a 20-ounce bottle; Sugars: 84 grams; Sugar equivalent: Six Breyers Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches. Drink this instead: Izze Sparkling Clementine soda: Calories: 120 in a 12-ounce bottle; Sugars: 12 grams.
- Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister: Calories: 340 in a 20-ounce bottle; Sugars: 60 grams; Sugar equivalent: Two 7-ounce canisters Reddi-wip. Drink this instead: Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch: Calories: 40 in a 6.75-ounce serving; Sugars: 10 grams.
- Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream: Calories: 660 in a 20-ounce or Venti serving; Sugars: 95 grams; Fat: 22 grams (15 saturated). Drink this instead: Cinnamon Dolce Latte with Sugar-Free Syrup: Calories: 260 in a 16-ounce or Grande serving; Sugars: 38 grams; Fat: Six grams (four saturated).
You can read DietsInReview.com’s complete review of Drink This, Not That, right here.