LIQUID CALORIES…What’s Your Intake?
By Alison Wilson, Wellness Director/Nutritionist
Seattle Athletic Club Downtown
Over the last 37 years the total daily intake of calories from beverages increased 94%, now amounting to an additional 222 calories per day. Note that in one year, just one daily 12-ounce soda can increase your weight by 16 pounds!
Tips for reducing intake of high calorie beverages
When keeping track of calories don’t forget that everything you eat and drink counts!
When watching your calories water is always the best option. It has zero calories and will keep you hydrated!
A plain cup of coffee contains only a few calories, so consider this when drinking youdaily cup of joe:
- 1 tablespoon of cream adds more than 50 calories
- 1 tablespoon of sugar adds nearly 50 calories
- 1 tablespoon of fat-free milk, on the other hand, adds only 5 calories
- 100% fruit juices and low-fat milk are good high calorie beverages since they supply other nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium.