Think Your Drink

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You walk into Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts or even McDonald’s and buy a coffee drink without too much thought. Mark my words: our love of fancy beverages is going to translate into extra pounds down the road. Why? Because most drinks have lots of calories, sometimes close to one-third of the calories that a woman or child needs for the entire day. And researchers at Purdue University have shown that drinks don’t fill you up.

Drink 500 calories and your body doesn’t say, “hey buddy, don’t eat lunch because you’ve just guzzled down enough calories for a meal.” It doesn’t take a law to find out the nutrition analysis of your favorite drink, and maybe a lower calorie alternative. Many chains post nutrition information on their website. Frappuccino Light anyone?

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