Do You Know What Is In Your Holiday Drinks and Snacks?

by Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. on December 7, 2012

Most of us are completely unaware of the calories and sugar we ingest over the holiday season.  One big culprit is the coffee we drink.  Black coffee is a no calorie, sugar free drink, but I don’t hear this ordered much.  What I do hear is, “I would like a Peppermint, White Chocolate Mocha, with whip cream. “  We think because it is “coffee” it isn’t bad for us.   Before I give you the facts, I want you to know that the average TOTAL daily caloric intake should be between 1,500 –2,500 calories.  Also, 4 grams (g) of carbohydrate/sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar.  The following coffee drinks are all 16 oz:

Vanilla Latte – 280 calories, 11 g. of fat, 33 grams of sugar (8 tsp)

White Chocolate Mocha – 500 calories, 22 grams of fat, 59 grams of sugar (14 tsp)

Peppermint-White Chocolate – 550 calories, 22 grams of fat, 74 grams of sugar  (18 tsp)

Peppermint Mocha – 440 calories, 19 grams of fat, 53 grams of sugar (13 tsp)

Eggnog Latte – 480 calories, 22 grams of fat, 48 grams of sugar (12 tsp)

Pumpkin Spice Latte – 340 calories, 10 grams of fat, 47 grams of sugar (11 tsp)

When snacks are around we tend to reach in the bowl, grab, eat and repeat.  I know for myself I become numb to how many handfuls I take.  Being aware of the calories can help you make better choices.

Chex Mix (2/3 cups) = 120 calories, 5 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbs

Mixed Nuts  (1 cup) = 876 calories, 79.95 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbs

Pumpkin Cookie = 140 calories, 6.7 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbs/sugar

Buffalo Wing (1) – 52 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs

Triscuts (1 serving) – 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbs

Cheese Ball (1/8) – 100 calories, 7 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy

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