[Homeroast] 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010

Ryan M. Ward silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 19 00:45:49 CDT 2010


I have had most of the beverages on this list. Most of them are disgusting! I appreciate the authors thoughts on Sobe. Sobe tastes good when you have a sweet tooth, but Sobe drinks are no more health drinks than Coca Cola.

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> From: mchet at charter.net
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 23:42:40 -0400
> Subject: [Homeroast] 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010
> 
> This list of worst drinks was sent to me recently.  Unfortunately, I don't know who created this list.  There are a few very interesting comparisons to other food choices. Our friends at BUX got a couple of mentions.   Mike
> 
> 
> 
> 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010
> 
> 20. Worst Water
> 
> Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant Water (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)
> 
> 150 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 33 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 2 Good Humor Chocolate Éclair Bars
> 
> While "Worst Water" may sound like an oxymoron, the devious
> 
> minds in the bottled beverage industry have even found a way to
> 
> besmirch the sterling reputation of the world's most essential
> 
> compound. Sure, you may get a few extra vitamins, but ultimately,
> 
> you're paying a premium price for gussied-up sugar water. Next
> 
> time you buy a bottle of water, check the recipe: You want two parts
> 
> hydrogen, one part oxygen, and very little else.
> 
> 19. Worst Bottled Tea
> 
> SoBe Green Tea (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)
> 
> 240 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 61 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 4 slices Sara Lee Cherry Pie
> 
> Leave it to SoBe to take an otherwise healthy bottle of tea and
> 
> inject it with enough sugar to turn it into dessert. The Pepsiowned
> 
> company's flagship line, composed of 11 flavors with
> 
> names like "Nirvana" and "Cranberry Grapefruit Elixir," is
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> marketed to give consumers the impression that it can cleanse
> 
> the body, mind, and spirit. Don't be fooled. Just like this bottle of
> 
> green tea, all of these beverages are made with two primary
> 
> ingredients: water and sugar.
> 
> 18. Worst Energy Drink
> 
> Rockstar Energy Drink (1 can, 16 fl oz)
> 
> 280 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 62 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 6 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts
> 
> None of the energy provided by these full-sugar drinks could ever
> 
> justify the caloric load, but Rockstar's take is especially frightening.
> 
> One can provides nearly as much sugar as half a box of Nilla
> 
> Wafers. In fact, it has 60 more calories than the same amount of
> 
> Red Bull and 80 more than a can of Monster. If you're going to
> 
> guzzle, better choose one of the low-cal options. We like Monster;
> 
> it offers all the caffeine and B vitamins with just enough sugar to
> 
> cut through the funky extracts.
> 
> 17. Worst Bottled Coffee
> 
> Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino (1 bottle, 13.7 fl oz)
> 
> 290 calories
> 
> 4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
> 
> 45 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 32 Nilla Wafers
> 
> With an unreasonable number of calorie landmines
> 
> peppered across Starbucks' in-store menu, you'd think the
> 
> company would want to use its grocery line to restore faith in
> 
> its ability to provide caffeine without testing the limits of your
> 
> belt buckle. Guess not. This drink has been on our radar for
> 
> years, and we still haven't managed to find a bottled coffee
> 
> with more sugar. Consider this-along with Starbucks'
> 
> miniature Espresso and Cream Doubleshot-your worst
> 
> option for a morning pickup.
> 
> 16. Worst Soda
> 
> Sunkist (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)
> 
> 320 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 84 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 6 Breyers Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
> 
> Wait . . . but aren't all sodas equally terrible? It's true they all
> 
> earn 100 percent of their calories from sugar, but that doesn't
> 
> mean there aren't still varying levels of atrocity. Despite the
> 
> perception of healthfulness, fruity sodas tend to carry more sugar
> 
> than their cola counterparts, and none make that more apparent
> 
> than the tooth-achingly sweet Sunkist. But what seals the orange
> 
> soda's fate on our list of worsts is its reliance on the artificial
> 
> colors yellow 6 and red 40-two chemicals that may be linked to
> 
> behavioral and concentration problems in children.
> 
> 15. Worst Beer
> 
> Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (1 bottle, 12 fl oz)
> 
> 330 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 32.1 g carbohydrates
> 
> 9.6% alcohol
> 
> Carbohydrate Equivalent: 12-pack of Michelob Ultra
> 
> Most beers carry fewer than 175 calories, but even your average
> 
> extra-heady brew rarely eclipses 250. That makes Sierra's Bigfoot
> 
> the undisputed beast of the beer jungle. Granted, the alcohol itself
> 
> provides most of the calories, but it's the extra heft of carbohydrates
> 
> that helps stuff nearly 2,000 calories into each six-pack. For
> 
> comparison, Budweiser has 10.6 grams of carbs, Blue Moon has 13,
> 
> and Guinness Draught has 10. Let's hope the appearance of this gutinducing
> 
> guzzler in your fridge is as rare as encounters with the
> 
> fabled beast himself.
> 
> 14. Worst Kids' Drink
> 
> Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)
> 
> 340 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 60 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: Two 7-ounce canisters Reddi-wip
> 
> Don't let Tropicana's reputation for unadulterated OJ lead you to
> 
> believe that the company is capable of doing no wrong. As a
> 
> Pepsi subsidiary, it's inevitable that they'll occasionally delve
> 
> into soda-like territory. The Twister line is just that: a drink with
> 
> 10 percent juice and 90 percent sugar laced with a glut of
> 
> artificial flavors and coloring. You could actually save 200
> 
> calories by choosing a can of Pepsi instead.
> 
> 13. Worst Functional Beverage
> 
> Arizona Rx Energy (1 can, 23 fl oz)
> 
> 345 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 83 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 6 Cinnamon Roll Pop-Tarts
> 
> Obviously Arizona took great pains in making sure this can came
> 
> out looking like something you'd find in a pharmacy. But if your
> 
> pharmacist ever tries to sell you this much sugar, he should have
> 
> his license revoked. And if it's energy you're after, this isn't your
> 
> best vehicle. Caffeine is the only compound in the bottle that's
> 
> been proven to provide energy, and the amount found within is
> 
> about what you'd get from a weak cup of coffee.
> 
> 12. Worst Juice Imposter
> 
> Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (1 can, 23 fl oz)
> 
> 345 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 81 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 7 bowls of Froot Loops
> 
> The twisted minds at the Arizona factory outdid themselves with
> 
> this nefarious concoction, a can the size of a bazooka loaded
> 
> with enough of the sweet stuff to blast your belly with 42 sugar
> 
> cubes. The most disturbing part isn't that it masks itself as some
> 
> sort of healthy juice product (after all, hundreds of products are
> 
> guilty of the same crime), but that this behemoth serving size
> 
> costs just $.99, making its contents some of the cheapest
> 
> calories we've ever stumbled across.
> 
> 11. Worst Espresso Drink
> 
> Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream (venti, 20 fl oz)
> 
> 660 calories
> 
> 22 g fat (15 g saturated)
> 
> 95 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 8½ scoops Edy's Slow Churned Rich
> 
> and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream
> 
> Hopefully this will dispel any lingering fragments of the
> 
> "health halo" that still exists in coffee shops-that misguided
> 
> belief that espresso-based beverages can't do much
> 
> damage. In this 20-ounce cup, Starbucks manages to pack
> 
> in more calories and saturated fat than two slices of deepdish
> 
> sausage and pepperoni pizza from Domino's. That
> 
> makes it the equivalent of dinner and dessert disguised as a
> 
> cup of coffee. If you want a treat, look to Starbucks' supply
> 
> of sugar-free syrups; if you want a caffeine buzz, stick to the
> 
> regular joe, an Americano, or a cappuccino.
> 
> 10. Worst Lemonade
> 
> Auntie Anne's Wild Cherry Lemonade Mixer (32 fl oz)
> 
> 470 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 110 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 11 bowls of Cookie Crisp cereal
> 
> There is no such thing as healthy lemonade, but Auntie's line of
> 
> Lemonade Mixers takes the concept of hyper-sweetened juice and
> 
> stretches it to dangerous new levels. See, sugar digests faster
> 
> than good-for-you nutrients like protein and fiber, which means it's
> 
> in your blood almost immediately after you swallow it. Drinking the
> 
> 3 or 4 days' worth of added sugar found here jacks your blood
> 
> sugar and results in strain to your kidneys, the creation of new fat
> 
> molecules, and the desire to eat more. Ouch.
> 
> 9. Worst Hot Chocolate
> 
> Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream
> 
> (venti, 20 fl oz)
> 
> 520 calories
> 
> 16 g fat (11 g saturated)
> 
> 75 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 9 Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
> 
> See that stack of Rice Krispie Treats? It's just three treats shy of
> 
> two full boxes. Unless you were a contestant on Fear Factor-
> 
> and there was a sizeable monetary prize on the line-you'd
> 
> never even consider noshing down that much sugar at once. But
> 
> here's what's interesting: While that stack is the sugar
> 
> counterpart to this atrocity from Starbucks, it still has 40 percent
> 
> less saturated fat. Makes us wonder what's going on in the hot
> 
> chocolate. Stick to beverages with single-flavor profiles instead of
> 
> pile-on recipes like this and you'll fare better every time.
> 
> 8. Worst Frozen Coffee Drink
> 
> Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte (24 fl oz)
> 
> 870 calories
> 
> 24 g fat (19 g saturated, 1 g trans)
> 
> 112 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 12 Dunkin' Donuts Bavarian Kreme Doughnuts
> 
> Coffee-dessert hybrids are among the worst breed of beverages.
> 
> This one delivers 1 gram of fat and 4.6 grams of sugar in every
> 
> ounce, making even Starbucks' over-the-top line of Frappuccinos
> 
> look like decent options. Maybe that's why DQ decided to give it a
> 
> name that alludes to the animal it promises to turn you into. If you
> 
> can bring yourself to skip DQ and head to a coffee shop instead,
> 
> order a large iced latte with a couple shots of flavored syrup and
> 
> save some 600 calories. But if you're stuck where you are, you're
> 
> better off pairing a small treat with a regular cup of joe.
> 
> 7. Worst Margarita
> 
> Traditional Red Lobster Lobsterita (24 fl oz)
> 
> 890 calories
> 
> 0 g fat
> 
> 183 g carbohydrates
> 
> Carbohydrate Equivalent: 7 Almond Joy candy bars
> 
> Of all the egregious beverages we've analyzed, the Lobsterita
> 
> surprised us the most. The nation's biggest fish purveyor is one
> 
> of the few big players in the restaurant biz to provide its
> 
> customers with a wide selection of truly healthy food options. We
> 
> would hope they'd do the same with the beverages, but obviously
> 
> not. Drink one of these every Friday night and you'll put on more
> 
> than a pound of flab each month. Downgrade to a regular
> 
> margarita on the rocks and pocket the remaining 640 calories.
> 
> 6. Worst Float
> 
> Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Soda (vanilla ice cream and cola)
> 
> (large, 28.6 fl oz)
> 
> 960 calories
> 
> 40 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
> 
> 136 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 9.7 Fudgsicle fudge bars
> 
> Done right, an ice cream float can be a decent route to indulgence.
> 
> Go to A&W and you'll land a medium for fewer than 400 calories.
> 
> Order it with diet soda and you've dropped below 200 calories. So
> 
> why can't Baskin-Robbins make even a small float with fewer than
> 
> 470 calories? Because apparently the chain approaches the art of
> 
> beverage-crafting as a challenge to squeeze in as much fat and sugar
> 
> as possible. Whatever you order, plan on splitting it with a friend.
> 
> 5. Worst Frozen Fruit Drink
> 
> Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller (20 fl oz)
> 
> 980 calories
> 
> 40 g fat (36 g saturated)
> 
> 115 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 16 medium-size chocolate eclairs
> 
> Imagine taking a regular can of soda, pouring in 18 extra
> 
> teaspoons of sugar, and then swirling in half a cup of heavy
> 
> cream. Nutritionally speaking, that's exactly what this is, which is
> 
> how it manages to marry nearly 2 days' worth of saturated fat
> 
> with enough sugar to leave you with a serious sucrose hangover.
> 
> Do your heart a favor and avoid any of Krispy Kreme's "Kremey"
> 
> beverages. The basic Chillers aren't the safest of sippables
> 
> either, but they'll save you up to 880 calories.
> 
> 4. Worst Frozen Mocha
> 
> Così Double Oh! Arctic Mocha (gigante, 23 fl oz)
> 
> 1,210 calories
> 
> 19 g fat (10 g saturated)
> 
> 240 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 41 Oreo Cookies
> 
> A frozen mocha will never be a stellar option, but we've still never
> 
> come across anything that competes with this cookie-coffeemilkshake
> 
> hybrid from Così. Essentially it's a mocha Blizzard
> 
> made with Oreo cookies and topped with whipped cream and an
> 
> oversize Oreo. The result is a beverage with more calories than
> 
> two Big Macs and more sugar than any other drink in America.
> 
> 3. Worst Drive-Thru Shake
> 
> McDonald's Triple Thick Chocolate Shake (large, 32 fl oz)
> 
> 1,160 calories
> 
> 27 g fat (16 g saturated, 2 g trans)
> 
> 168 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 13 McDonald's Baked Hot Apple Pies
> 
> There are very few milk shakes in America worthy of your
> 
> hard-earned calories, but few will punish you as thoroughly as
> 
> this Mickey D's drive-thru disaster. Not only does it have more
> 
> than half your day's caloric and saturated fat allotment and
> 
> more sugar than you'd find in Willy Wonka's candy lab, but
> 
> Ronald even finds a way to sneak in a full day of cholesterolspiking
> 
> trans fat. The scariest part about this drink is that it's
> 
> most likely America's most popular milk shake.
> 
> 2. Worst Smoothie
> 
> Smoothie King Peanut Power Plus Grape (large, 40 fl oz)
> 
> 1,498 calories
> 
> 44 g fat (8 g saturated)
> 
> 214 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 20 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
> 
> If Smoothie King wants someone to blame for landing this high on our
> 
> worst beverages roundup (and truth be told, its entire menu is riddled
> 
> with contenders), the chain should point the smoothie straw at
> 
> whichever executive came up with the cup-sizing structure. Sending
> 
> someone out the door with a 40-ounce cup should be a criminal offense.
> 
> Who really needs a third of a gallon of sweetened peanut butter blended
> 
> with grape juice, milk, and bananas? Sugar-and-fat-loaded smoothies
> 
> like this should be served from 12-ounce cups, not mini kegs.
> 
> 1. Worst Beverage in America
> 
> Cold Stone PB&C (Gotta Have It size, 24 fl oz)
> 
> 2,010 calories
> 
> 131 g fat (68 g saturated)
> 
> 153 g sugars
> 
> Sugar Equivalent: 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies
> 
> In terms of saturated fat, drinking this Cold Stone catastrophe is like
> 
> slurping up 68 strips of bacon. Health experts recommend capping
> 
> your saturated fat intake at about 20 grams per day, yet this
> 
> beverage packs more than three times that into a cup the size of a
> 
> Chipotle burrito. But here's what's worse: No regular shake at Cold
> 
> Stone, no matter what the size, has fewer than 1,000 calories. If
> 
> you must drink your ice cream, make it one of the creamery's
> 
> "Sinless" options. Otherwise you'd better plan on buying some
> 
> bigger pants on the way home.
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