After the announcement that New York City customers will no longer be served glasses of soda larger than 16 ounces-- coupled with the news that movie theater popcorn may be the next victim of Mayor Bloomberg's obsession with fitness -- some are pointing out that soda isn't necessarily the least healthy drink for its size.
Fruity beverages, teas, and milk-based indulgences are all among the beverages that rank as "worse" than soda, when observed from an objective, caloric standpoint.
For instance, while a 12 ounce can of Coca Cola has 140 calories (and 12 ounces is roughly what you get in a restaurant glass, after ice), a 12 ounce "Tall" Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks with 2% milk and whipped cream has a staggering 320 calories.
Even worse, a 20 ounce "Venti" with whole milk and whipped cream will set you back 580 calories. However, according to the New York Times, Starbucks' fate under Bloomberg's sugary drink ban remains uncertain.
But a whopping calorie content is expected from whole milk and whipped cream. Less known, perhaps, Arizona Raspberry Iced Tea has 90 calories per 8 ounces, making the 23.5 ounce can about 270 calories.
Like tea, fruity drinks often hide a stunning amount of sugar. A 12 ounce can of Minute Maid lemonade comes in at 150 calories-- 10 more than a can of coke.
Similarly, a Snapple Apple packs 100 calories per 8 ounces, so in a 16 ounce bottle, Snapple's apple juice also has more calories than a forbidden soda.
Less surprising is the number of calories in an alcoholic beverage, like a margarita. While the exact number of calories depends on the recipe, it is not unheard of for a margarita to be close to 300 calories.
And while Jamba Juice smoothies do have healthy ingredients, they are by no means calorie-free. The "All Fruit" smoothies all have at least 210 calories, ranging up to 430 for a "Power Pomegranate Paradise."
Which leaves people asking: are these drinks likely to get restricted as well, or are they harder targets than soda?
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