Sneaky Calories You didn’t Know About!

To keep up with the spirit of fasting and staying healthy (or just staying healthy!) – I thought it would be important to clear out more misconceptions. Many think it’s ok I won’t have lunch, instead i’ll grab a cup of -insert-drink-here – not knowing that some juices or drinks are actually just as, if not more calorific, than some meals.

For example, in Ramadan, it is common to see some of these drinks on the dining table, and because of the heightened thirst needs, we chug these like they are water. However, these are sneaky drinks and are no where near water – they’re more like colored sugar in a cup.

Lemonade: A cup (250ml) can range between 100-120 calories.Lemonade

If you are meeting your daily caloric needs from meals/food then the additional 120 calories per day, for the entire month of Ramadan, will mean 1 KG weight gain. 

Amar eddine (dried apricot juice): A cup (250ml) can range from 120-200 calories or more, depending on whether it is store bought or homemade and quantity of sugar added.

If you are meeting your daily caloric needs from meals/food then the additional 200 calories per day, for the entire month of Ramadan, will mean 1.5-2 KGs weight gain. 

Jallab (similar to VIMTO, but more concentrated sometimes): This is juice made from raisin concentrate and possibly molasses (it varies between cultures). It is very high in calories, can range between 300-700 calories per cup (250ml) as it contains lots of sugar, and the addition of nuts.

If you are meeting your daily caloric needs from meals/food then the additional 400 calories per day, for the entire month of Ramadan, will mean 3-4 KGs weight gain. 

photo from here http://www.flickr.com/photos/15592760@N00/6088510557
photo by Adam Jung 

 

A few other popular caloric drinks, just to give you an idea:

  • Margarita, per serving (about 9 oz, not including ice): 408 calories
  • Piña Colada, per serving size (6 oz): up to 640 calories
  • Large Dunkin Donuts’ Frozen Caramel Coffee Coolatta : 550 calories 
  • Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen cappuccino with whole milk: 610 calories
  • Starbucks  Venti (large, 20 oz)  White Chocolate Mocha: 580 calories 
  • Burger King Large  Chocolate Ice Cream Shake: 950 calories
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Photo by Lali Masriera 
  • Starbucks Venti (large, 20 fl oz) White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream : 520 calories
  • McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake, large, 32 oz.: 1,160 calories

 

 

Next post will  tackle popular Arabic sweets and desserts and their not-so-hidden calories!

Until then, think about this – is water really that bad? 😛

 

T

 

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