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Oreo shake anyone??!! :eek:


Baskin-Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake

2,600 calories
135 g fat (59 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat)
263 g sugars
1,700 mg sodium

Is this the worst drink on the planet? All signs point to yes. First off, it has an ingredient list that reads like an organic chemistry final. Those 70-plus ingredients conspire to pack this shake with more sugar than 29 Fudgsicles, as much fat as a stick and a half of butter, and more calories than 48 actual Oreos. Oh, it also has 3 days’ worth of saturated fat and, most bizarre of all, as much salt as you’ll find in 9 bags of Lay’s Classic potato chips. Need more proof? Let’s hope not.


Smoothie King’s The Hulk, Strawberry (40 ounces)

2,088 calories
70 g fat (32 g saturated)
240 g sugars

To be fair, this smoothie is designed to help people gain weight. The problem is that we live in a nation in which two-thirds of us are overweight, and the number of professional body builders doesn’t constitute a significant demographic. Plus, if you really want to put on some pounds, just eat 9 Odwalla Super Protein bars. That’s how many it would take to match this caloric load.


Cold Stone Creamery "Gotta Have It" PB&C Shake

2,010 calories
131 g fat (68 g saturated)
153 g sugars

The PB&C is intended to denote peanut butter and chocolate, but the more accurate translation might be potbellies and cardiovascular disease. After all, this one drink does pack more calories than a dozen ice cream sandwiches and more saturated fat than nearly 20 large orders of McDonald’s French fries. And what’s even more depressing is that no shake on Cold Stone’s menu, not even the small sizes, falls below 1,000 calories. Choose a small ice cream and use the 1,640 calories for something with at least a trace of nutritional value.


Così Gigante Double OH! Arctic (23 ounces)

1,210 calories
19 g fat
259 g carbohydrates

How does Così’s coffee creation reach such abysmal heights? By dropping a giant Oreo cookie into the blender with a flood of chocolate syrup and then sticking another Oreo on top. The only thing stronger than the massive caffeine jolt will be the sugar crash to follow. “Blended coffee drinks” is a troubled genre in need of a name change; we think “caffeinated milk shakes” is a more apt description.



Large Ice Cream Soda with Vanilla Ice Cream Float (32 ounces)

960 calories
40 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
136 g sugars

If you’re going to have a float, it’s best to limit yourself to one small scoop of ice cream and a reasonable pour of soda, yet Baskin-Robbins’ smallest portion is 32 ounces! Unfortunately, if the ice cream mogul doesn’t begin offering smaller sizes, your options are limited. Either split a small float or cut the soda out of the equation.


Red Lobster Traditional Lobsterita

890 calories
0 g fat
183 g carbohydrates

Lobsterita means a lobster tank–size glass filled with booze and high-fructose corn syrup. You’d have to drink 4 regular on-the-rocks margaritas to outdo the massive calorie load. Pair that with a dinner and you might be pushing a full day’s calories in one meal. If you want to get drunk, take a shot. If you want to enjoy a cocktail, make sure it doesn’t start with a bottle of mix—your body and your taste buds will thank you.


Starbucks Venti 2% Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate (20 ounces)

760 calories
37 g fat (22 g saturated)
85 g sugars
380 mg sodium

Since when did hot chocolate require salt and caramel to meet the expectations of consumers? Seems a bit gratuitous, no? Thanks to Starbucks’ monstrous creation, the classic winter comfort beverage is now sullied with more than a full day’s worth of saturated fat and as much sugar as nearly 4 Hershey’s chocolate bars. (Check out our story on the most sugar-packed foods in America.)


Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino (13.7-ounce bottle)

290 calories
4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
46 g sugars

Add one of these to your diet every morning and you’ll add about 28 pounds of flab to your body in a year. (Think choosing a diet soda is the better way to go? Think again: Read our story on the truth about diet soda.)


Rockstar Original (16-ounce can)

280 calories
0 g fat
62 g sugars

Americans spent $4.2 billion on high-octane elixirs in 2008. Even with dozens of brands found in the cooler, Rockstar stands out as the most sugar-loaded of the various and sundry energy drinks. Compared with its closest competitor, it has 20 extra calories, which is just enough to make it the worst possible choice for instant energy. And with research on the long-term effects of taurine and guarana still cloudy, you’re better off getting your buzz from coffee, a proven source of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. But if you must grab a can, you can’t get better than the low-carb concoction below.


Snapple Tropical Mango Antioxidant Water (20-ounce bottle)

150 calories
0 g fat
30 g sugars

Here’s the thing about sugar: It has only one function, and that is to make you fat. Of course, bottlers of the so-called functional beverages try to hide this fact behind a flurry of healthy buzz-terms, such as antioxidants (read about the 18 worst packaged food lies here). Too bad two out of three antioxidants in this bottle are actually vitamins A and E, both of which are fat soluble, making them difficult to absorb in a fat-free beverage. If you want flavored water, just make sure it comes without calories. If it’s more vitamins you seek, increase your fresh fruit intake or pop a multivitamin.

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I don't think there's a thing there I would even consider drinking.

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I might take one of those Oreo shakes about now.:D

(Was at the Drs. Tuesday and Co-lester-all, bp and weight are fine so I guess I can have one.)

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Never tried any of them. (Although I'm sure the Blue Moon beers I had earlier weren't exactly on the top of the "good for you" list!)

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OMG!! This is why I am for nutrition labels on everything. You know some of this stuff is bad for you....but THAT BAD??? Crazy!
I had Panera for dinner Friday and noticed they have calories listed on their menu board. Very cool I thought.

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this is the only thing on that list I have had ...and thank goodness not very often!!
Same here - that's now on the no-no list for me! They used to have them in the drink vending machine at work and about 3:00 pm, several of us would each get one. Then I found them in 4-packs at the grocery store. :rolleyes: No more!

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Gee, I can't imagine why the United States has the largest population of overweight people.

That's disgusting.
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