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Don't drink your calories

November 11, 2009 - Kathie Evanoff
Yesterday I heard a new commercial on the radio.

Okay, it might not have been new, but it was new to me. I don’t usually pay attention to commercials, often tuning them out while I think of other things, but this one caught my attention.

It was from a local fast food restaurant and the words the announcer spoke were huge embellishments on the taste, texture and overall goodness of rich, thick hot chocolate that the chain is now selling. For those of us who don’t drink coffee, we have another reason to pull up to the drive-through window.

What the commercial didn’t say, however, is what got my attention most. It didn’t give the calorie content of the beverage. The drink, said to be so thick it was like drinking melted chocolate, is, I suspected it was loaded.

Most chain restaurants, under the gun for the past few years for their high-fat, high calorie fare, now list the nutritional information of their products on the Internet for those who care to search for it. Many don’t take (or have) the time, but I thought it might be worth a look. So I went to the restaurant’s Web site and sure enough, right below the lattes, cappacinos and mochas, is the nutrition information for the new hot chocolate offering.

Unless you are willing to make hot chocolate your lunch, I would suggest switching to coffee and getting that non-fat latte instead. At 50 calories, a non-fat, sugar free 12-ounce cappacino is certainly the better deal. I won’t keep in you in suspense any longer. A 12-ounce hot chocolate is listed as 250 calories and five grams of fat. That’s about as much as a low-calorie, low-fat frozen lunch meal from your grocer’s freezer case. (I’m not mentioning any names here, but I think it’s obvious).

Holy Cow! And what’s worse is that most people won’t buy the 12-ounce size, opting instead for a 16-ounce medium, which is 310 calories and six grams of fat. A large, by the way, is 20 ounces of hot chocolate weighing in at 390 calories and six grams of fat. That’s an entire meal!

The point here is, don’t drink your calories. Eat food.


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