Are You Drinking Your Calories?
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Are You Drinking Your Calories?

Is that soda or latte adding to your waistline? Take our quiz to see where calories can lurk in popular beverages.

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Are You Drinking Your Calories?
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Having a drink before a meal is a good way to fill up so you'll consume fewer calories during the meal.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research shows that you don't eat less later on. Drinking 200 calories before your meal doesn't translate to eating 200 less calories during your meal.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: A smoothie fills you up as much as solid food.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While a thicker beverage like a smoothie or shake provides a higher energy value and is more filling than a liquid beverage, it still does not fill you up as much as solid food.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these juices is better for your waistline?

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The correct answer is: Steer clear from juice blends that contain all fruit or starchy items. For instance, a juice made from apples, carrots and beets is very high in sugar and carbs, while a ginger, kale and apple juice is a better mix for your waistline and blood sugar levels because it contains greens and just one fruit item.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

We all know juices are packed with sugar, but what important ingredient is usually missing from juice?

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The correct answer is: Juice is fruit stripped of its fiber content, which is why it is so full of sugar. One glass of juice could contain 20 to 30 grams of sugar, which is on par with regular soda.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which is better: Fruit or vegetable juice?

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The correct answer is: Fruit juices generally have several times more sugar than vegetable juices. For example, grape and tomato (it's a fruit, remember?) juices have twice the sugar as the same amount of their whole, chewable fruits.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How many calories are in a glass of blueberry juice?

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The correct answer is: It's amazing how many calories you can gulp down without realizing it. A cup of blueberries, about 80 calories, could take five or 10 minutes to eat. But you could easily down a cup of blueberry juice, 130-160 calories, in 30 seconds.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these beverages could contain a whole day's worth of calories?

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The correct answer is: Sure, a protein shake may taste great, but if you don't know what's in it, that scrumptious beverage could undo your efforts to be healthier or to lose weight. In fact, many protein shakes have as many calories as a full meal, and some could even have a whole day's worth. Grab protein shakes only as a post-exercise snack or as a meal replacement.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these common tea sweeteners may actually protect against obesity?

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The correct answer is: According to a small study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, honey may be less likely to cause weight gain than other sweeteners. Just remember, you can get too much of a good thing, so use any sweeteners (even the natural ones) sparingly.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: A daily cup of joe is the best drink to lower body fat, systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.

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The correct answer is: This is false--coffee may actually increase cholesterol, especially if it's unfiltered. Instead, reach for green tea: Studies have shown it may reduce body fat and lower systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What do experts point to as the number one sugary food?

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The correct answer is: While all of these foods may pack a ton of sugar, cola is the number one source of sugar and calories in the American diet. Cola beats out many common sugar culprits such as sweetened cereals, white bread, candy, granola bars, muffins, cookies, canned or dried fruit and frozen yogurt.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Drinking diet soda has been linked to which of the following?

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The correct answer is: Diet soda consumption correlates with both increased waist circumference and a heightened body mass index. One possible explanation for this is that diet soda disrupts our ability to feel full. Another negative? Sweet tasting foods and drinks appear to increase our appetite.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Diet soda consumption will make which of the following organs decline at three times the rate of typical aging?

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The correct answer is: One study found an association between drinking two or more servings of diet soda per day and faster kidney function decline. In fact, the kidneys of diet soda drinkers declined at least three times the rate of typical aging. This is concerning, as even moderate kidney decline is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

It's time for a road trip! How many calories are in the 32-oz soda you pick up at the gas station?

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The correct answer is: A soda cup that holds 32 ounces is 400 calories and 108 grams of sugar! That's the equivalent of 30 sugar packets, or the carbs in 3.5 slices of coffee cake. Sugar has a whole host of downsides: It takes a toll on our skin and weight, and can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How many pounds can you lose if you stop drinking soda for six months?

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The correct answer is: A new study conducted by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that replacing high-calorie drinks with calorie-free alternatives like seltzer, tea or water can help you slim down. Participants in the study cut out soda, but didn't change anything else about their lifestyle or diet. In just six months, they shed about four or five pounds due to the swap.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which cold breakfast drink has been shown to increase fat-burning?

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The correct answer is: A 24-week study at the University of Tennessee showed that dieters eating three or four servings of milk, yogurt or cheese daily as part of an overall weight loss program lost 70 percent more weight and 64 percent more fat than those who skimped on dairy. Turns out, the calcium in dairy products appears to slow down the process of making fat and increases fat burning, especially belly fat.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Should you consume electrolytes after an hour-long spin class?

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The correct answer is: According to YouBeauty, you should only drink a sports drink (or other beverage or food containing electrolytes) if you are an athlete or working out hard for more than one hour.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

You're training for a marathon and you need to replenish electrolytes during a long run. Which is a better choice?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, Gatorade is the better choice. A report by ConsumerLab.com found that while all coconut water brands contained plenty of potassium, other ingredients were lacking. Of most concern was that the key electrolytes sodium and magnesium were as much as 82 percent and 35 percent lower than the amount listed on the label. Sodium in particular ranged from just 11 mg to 160 mg, whereas Gatorade contains 110 mg of sodium per cup. So while Gatorade isn't necessarily healthier, it's definitely more reliable in keeping your electrolytes replenished.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Drinking wine in excess can cause you to overeat. Which of the following problems can it also cause?

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The correct answer is: We hate to be a buzz kill, but research shows a link between alcohol and allergies. More than one drink a day was associated with stronger allergic reactions. That may be because regular alcohol intake causes an abnormal immune response. If you think booze might be the culprit behind your stuffy nose, steer clear of it when your allergies are out of control to see if this alleviates symptoms.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which is better for your waistline: Instant or brewed coffee?

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The correct answer is: Yes, you'll sacrifice taste, but drinking instant coffee will net you two-thirds more appetite-suppressing fiber than brewed coffee. A 12-ounce cup contains about three grams of fiber. This fiber will help your body absorb the polyphenols (chemicals with potent antioxidant properties) in coffee.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How many pounds could your child gain from drinking flavored nonfat milk at school every day for one year?

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The correct answer is: Every half-pint of flavored nonfat milk adds an extra eight grams of sugar to our kids' diets, so it's possible they could gain an extra five pounds through flavored milk alone during one year of school. Ditch the flavored milk and teach your child to pick up a bottle of water or plain milk when he's in line for his school lunch.

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