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A drink or a high calorie meal replacement?

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We love those sweet concoctions that our local Starbucks or coffee house whips up but many of us lose sight that it is a whopping heap of high calories. Add on the fat grams from the cream and we are looking at a double shot of coronary cafe, This short article from the Miami Herald highlights the fact that a caramel frappuccino packs 560 calories which for many of us is one third of our daily calorie intake. Is it any wonder we have trouble shedding the pounds?

Starbucks’ Caramel Frappuccino — a blend of coffee, milk, caramel and ice capped with whipped cream and a swirl of caramel is a tempting treat.

But at 525 calories for a venti, or 24-ounce cup, it’s nearly as decadent as a Big Mac, which weighs in at about 560 calories.

That’s almost a third of most people’s daily allowance of calories; add a couple of colas and you’ve consumed 1,300 calories — without taking a single bite of food.

”Most women will maintain their weight on about 1,600 or 1,700 calories a day,” said Connie Ruiz, a dietitian and professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Lamar University.

“If you have a beverage like that, where does it leave you? To me, it’s like a meal.”

Researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., revealed last year that beverages, whether coffee, soda or cocktails, have become one of the main sources of calories for most Americans. Even fruit juices, with natural sugar content, have come under attack.

And although they might be high in calories and fat, liquids usually don’t make people feel full.