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Yikes! Your Favorite Holiday Drinks are Loaded with Sugar!

Indulging in your favorite holiday drinks can spike your sugar intake.

Christmas is right around the corner! And with the holiday season upon us, many are indulging in our favorite holiday treats. In fact, we’ve been drinking pumpkin spice lattes, hot chocolate and peppermint mochas for a few months now. But did you know that these festive drinks can actually contain teaspoons of sugar in them?

Who knew that one holiday drink can actually contain up to seven teaspoons of sugar? Are you surprised? We were! And this combined with other holiday treats such as cakes, pies, egg nog, and other seasonal favorites can turn you into a jolly Santa if you are not careful about your food intake this Christmas. In fact, there are some holiday drinks that contain more calories that a Big Mac hamburger or a candy bar!

Running through the drive-through at your favorite coffee shop is quick and easy. You might not realize how many calories you are consuming each day, especially if you are substituting your regular coffee each morning with one of these tasty treats. Factor in a sugar laden drink with your regular breakfast, and you can have a calorie overload.

For example, did you know that a Starbucks Eggnog Latte contains 271 calories and 33.8 grams of sugar? It also contains 9.5 grams of fat.  This is almost as much sugar as a can of Coca-Cola. And this is more calories and fat than a Krispy Kreme donut!

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte is another holiday favorite. However, it contains 264 calories and 28.5 grams of sugar.  It also has 11.3 grams of fat.

And if you go to McDonald’s for breakfast and a holiday drink, you might be in shock to find out that their Spiced Cookie Latte contains 174 calories and 22 grams of sugar.  It also has 5.7 grams of fat in one serving. They also offer whipped cream and cinnamon on top. In total, this is equivalent to five teaspoons of sugar!

So, indulge in your holiday favorites this season. However, it is important to enjoy with the knowledge that there is a lot of additional sugar and fat in these treats!  Drink them in moderation if you want to avoid the holiday bulge this year!


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