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Pina coladas contain as much sugar as EIGHT glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme

Just one glass of pina colada contains as much sugar as eight Krispy Kreme glazed donuts or six full-size Reese’s peanut butter cupcakes, health statistics reveal, while a margarita contains as many calories as two cans of Coke.

DailyMail.com analyzed the calorie and sugar content of more than 20 popular cocktails and summer drinks on the dietitian website Nutritionix, which claims to be the world’s largest nutrition database, and official sources.

It showed that a piña colada is the most caloric and sugar-laden cocktail available, with around 650 calories, equivalent to a Big Mac, and 84 grams of sugar in a single glass.

But a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, a margarita plus lime-flavored beer, came in second with nearly twice the calories of a 190-calorie glazed donut, while a typical margarita came in third with the equivalent calories. to two cans of Coca-Cola for 139 calories. .

Dr. Leah Kaufman, a dietitian at NYU Langone, told DailyMail.com that the cocktails contained so many calories because of the sugary syrups used to make them.

The alcohol content of the drinks also increased the calorie count, he said, but even drinking non-alcoholic versions wouldn’t drastically reduce the total.

Pina coladas contain as much sugar as EIGHT glazed donuts

One pina colada contains as much sugar as eight Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.

While a margarita contains as many calories as two cans of coke

A pina colada contains as much sugar as eight Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts, while a margarita contains as many calories as two cans of Coke.

The Nutritionix database is based on information from the US Department of Agriculture, which keeps track of nutrition labels on foods and beverages sold in the country.

It also includes data from manufacturers and restaurants about how many calories and how much sugar and other substances a product contains.

Their data showed that a pina colada calorie count was followed by Lime-A-Rita with 330 calories in a can and about 30 grams of sugar. In the classic margarita there were up to 300 calories and 19 grams of sugar.

A frozen strawberry daiquiri was the fourth most caloric beverage included in the analysis, which also had about 300 calories per glass and 27 more grams of sugar.

At the other end of the scale were White Claw sodas in every flavor, including Blackberry, Blood Orange and Strawberry, which contained about 100 calories and two grams of sugar.

Pimms is second from the bottom at about 141 calories per glass and 15 grams of sugar, followed by a Bud Light beer at 147 calories per pint with 8.8 grams of sugar.

Other popular drinks on the list include Long Island Iced Tea (260 calories, 11 grams of sugar), which has a calorie equivalent to nearly two cans of Coke.

An Aperol Spritz has around 209 calories and 21 grams of sugar, or one and a half cokes, while a Gin and Tonic has around 207 calories and 14 grams of sugar.

When asked why pina coladas and margaritas had such high calorie counts, Dr. Kaufman said, “It’s probably just the sugar.” There is also agave, but that is sugar.

‘Alcohol definitely contributes too and mixers are going to have sugar too. Piña Colada has coconut in it and that adds up too.

He also said: “Although these drinks can be refreshing in the summer, they are high in sugar.”

When asked how to make a low-calorie cocktail, he recommended mixing any clear liquor like tequila with club soda or club soda.

She added that it may also be better to squeeze some fresh fruit instead of using fruit juices, which contain a lot of added sugar.

British doctors warn that alcohol is high in calories because it is made from natural starch and sugar through a process called fermentation, when yeast breaks down sugars in the absence of oxygen.

It can contain around seven calories per gram, almost as much as a piece of chocolate.

American adults consume about 77 grams of sugar daily, which is the equivalent of six 10-pound bowling balls each year.

But dietary guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services say women should eat no more than 50 grams of sugar a day, while men should avoid more than 62.5 grams.

Regularly eating more sugar than this could damage the heart, says the American Heart Association, because it increases someone’s risk of becoming overweight or obese, a key risk factor for the disease.

It also puts more pressure on the liver, leading to a higher risk of fat accumulation that could also trigger type 2 diabetes.

Scientists at Harvard University say that eating too much sugar could also increase blood pressure and inflammation in someone’s body.

Mississippi is the fattest place in the United States, followed by West Virginia and Alabama, according to figures

The map above shows the proportion of obese people by state.  The highest rates were recorded in Mississippi, West Virginia and Alabama.

The map above shows the proportion of obese people by state. The highest rates were recorded in Mississippi, West Virginia and Alabama.

Mississippi is the fattest state in the United States, with two in five adults obese or morbidly obese, a report revealed Tuesday amid growing warnings about the country’s health.

Telephone surveys of more than 400,000 people across the country showed that the state of Magnolia had the highest rates of obesity, followed by West Virginia and neighboring Alabama.

At the other end of the scale, people in Colorado, Massachusetts and Hawaii were less likely to be obese, with less than a quarter of adults falling into that category.

Experts blamed poor diets, less access to public spaces for exercise and poor health insurance coverage in some areas for the obesity crisis, particularly in Mississippi.

The figures come from a report by NiceRx, an online pharmacy, and are based on figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the year 2020.

The United States is the fattest country in the Western world with an estimated 40 percent of people, or 138 million, being obese. It is followed by New Zealand (30 percent), Canada (29.4 percent), and Australia (29 percent).

President Joe Biden will unveil his plans to combat obesity this September and has already set goals to improve physical activity and reduce diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, nationally.

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