Don't Chew on This

Did you hear that a new milkshake at a popular ice cream store has 2010 calories? The latest issue of Men’s Health magazine reported about this colossal drink and when I read it, my jaw dropped. The drink is the equivalency of consuming 68 strips of bacon or 30 chocolate chip cookies. It has 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar. This got me thinking – why would anyone willingly choose to drink their calories? You all know that I preach the importance of getting nutritional bang for your buck with every morsel of food that enters your mouth, and in the case of drinks, unless it’s low-fat milk, Dr. Oz’s Green Drink or an occasional glass of flavanoid-rich red wine, your drinks should remain calorie-free. We all provide ourselves with an allotment of calories every day and in that budget, we should be consuming foods with the highest amounts of nutrients. Water is a great choice because it provides no calories yet an abundance of health benefits for our bodies. Soft drinks, juices, milkshakes and excessive alcohol provide us with calories and nothing more than a huge rise in blood sugar followed by a huge fall. We usually don’t feel too good after that and in fact; we are more likely to eat more calories throughout the day if we allow our blood sugar to remain in this state with our sugary choices. So stop drinking your calories and set yourself a goal to continue on with this food/drink habit over the summer. Your waist will thank you for it in the fall!

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Did you hear that a new milkshake at a popular ice cream store has 2010 calories? The latest issue of Men’s Health magazine reported about this colossal drink and when I read it, my jaw dropped. The drink is the equivalency of consuming 68 strips of bacon or 30 chocolate chip cookies. It has 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar. This got me thinking – why would anyone willingly choose to drink their calories? You all know that I preach the importance of getting nutritional bang for your buck with every morsel of food that enters your mouth, and in the case of drinks, unless it’s low-fat milk, Dr. Oz’s Green Drink or an occasional glass of flavanoid-rich red wine, your drinks should remain calorie-free. We all provide ourselves with an allotment of calories every day and in that budget, we should be consuming foods with the highest amounts of nutrients. Water is a great choice because it provides no calories yet an abundance of health benefits for our bodies. Soft drinks, juices, milkshakes and excessive alcohol provide us with calories and nothing more than a huge rise in blood sugar followed by a huge fall. We usually don’t feel too good after that and in fact; we are more likely to eat more calories throughout the day if we allow our blood sugar to remain in this state with our sugary choices. So stop drinking your calories and set yourself a goal to continue on with this food/drink habit over the summer. Your waist will thank you for it in the fall!

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...