The other day, they were giving out these free drinks at the train station. It’s one of those iced coffee milk drinks that you can buy just about everywhere.
They were giving these drinks to people not only one, but two at a time. Wow !
I thought, I am going to take this opportunity to write something about these drinks.
Now, there’s a few ways to look at this.
One, you could say, “Oh wow, a free drink, yummy, that doesn’t happen every day”. Be happy about the free drink and enjoy it.
Two, you might not be very familiar with the drink because you don’t usually buy these and ask “What actually is it that they are giving me?”
Now, lets just have a look at the second way of looking at this.
There is 500ml of drink in the bottle and the label indicates that it is one serving.
So, when we look at the label, this is what we get from 500 ml of the drink:
Protein: 17 g
Fat: 17.5 g
Carbohydrates/Sugars: 47 g
Caffeine: 240 mg
Now, knowing that this one serving of caffeinated milk drink has 410 calories, would you still consider this as “yummy” ?
You might still think it’s okay.
But, if you are a person trying to lose weight or maintain your weight, you might want to think twice about consuming it.
See, an average woman trying to lose weight, would consume roughly 1200 calories a day. So, by drinking this drink, you would have already consumed a third of your daily calorie allowance. Although you might feel quite full after drinking half a litre of this drink, but since it’s fluid and there is no fiber and a part from a bit of protein that might be good for you, there is nothing that will keep you satisfied for a while.
To be honest, I could think if better ways to consume 410 calories. Click on the link to get some idea of 400 calories dinners and what they look like in comparison to this one bottle of milk drink :
This is why we say “Don’t drink your calories”. Because it’s drinks like this that will add up your calories very quickly.
So, this kind of drink should really be a rare occasional treat if you like. But you should think twice about consuming drinks like this on a regular basis.