Thursday, September 22, 2011



Try this recipe. Take one McDonald’s® Big Mac®, carefully remove the wrapping, and place it in a blender. Add half a cup of ice and blend into a smooth consistency. Add milk and sugar to taste, and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with whipped cream and drizzled caramel.

Sound crazy? Well listen to this: a Starbucks® Venti® Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino® Blended Crème coffee drink has more calories than a Big Mac, the fat of a medium order of fries, and more sugar than half a dozen Krispy Kreme® glazed donuts. Trying sticking that in your blender.

Most fancy coffee drinks are essentially high-calorie caffeinated fast food. But they have other factors that make them even more troublesome. The first factor is caffeine. Blended coffee drinks are loaded with it, making them more addictive. The second factor is their liquid form. When you eat solid food, your brain decreases your appetite and you feel satisfied. But when you consume liquid food, your appetite isn’t satisfied in the same way—so you wind up eating more.

So if you do need that java jolt during the day—keep it simple. Order up a small drip or an espresso. And if you still want something sweet, treat yourself to a blended fruit smoothie. It’ll not only taste better, but your body will thank you, too.

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