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These Popular Cocktails Have More Sugar Than A Reese's Peanut Butter Cup


There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's peanut butter cup, except maybe when you eat them six at a time. That's a lot of sugar to consume at once -- 63 grams, to be exact, exceeding the American Heart Association's recommended intake of no more than 45 grams per day.

All that sugar can damage your heart health, waistline and even mental health. But a little over six Reese's worth of sugar is just what you're ingesting when you down a sweet piña colada. Obviously, the tropical drink is not the only booze that boasts a bunch of sugar in liquid form. The average rum and coke, for instance, packs the sugar equivalent of nearly one and a half Reese's in a single serving.

Drinking these saccharine concoctions is an even worse way to ingest sugar than by chocolate-covered peanut butter cup. Sugar's sweetness may help the liquor go down, making you drink more and exacerbating your hangover. Headaches are common in the aftermath.

We know it can be tough to stay smart about the amount of alcohol, calories and sugar you're drinking. The next time you imbibe, try thinking about it in terms of peanut butter cups -- and a really rough morning to come.

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Before You Go

Arizona Raspberry Iced Tea
These recognizable-anywhere cans are bad news: They contain 23.5 ounces, nearly three times the suggested serving size for the tea inside. With 90 calories per 8 ounces, finishing an entire can adds up to almost 270.

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Starbucks Bottled Mocha Frappuccino
The 9.5-ounce Starbucks to go contains 180 calories.

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Jamba Juice Smoothies
Granted, Jamba Juice All Fruit smoothies are made with much better-for-you ingredients than a can of cola. However, it's still easy to mindlessly sip your calories when a 16-ounce size clocks in at least 210 calories.

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Minute Maid Lemonade
A 12-ounce can of the summer favorite clocks in at 150 calories, more than a can of Coke and the same as a can of Pepsi.

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Snapple Apple Fruit Drink
There are 100 calories in every 8 ounces of this fruity pick, but the bottle is deceiving, since it packs 16 ounces.

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Sunkist Orange Soda
There are 170 calories per 12-ounce can of this sweet drink.

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Dr. Pepper
A 12-ounce can clocks in at 150 calories, more than a can of Coke and the same as a can of Pepsi.

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Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Coolatta
Even the small size of this frozen concoction from the coffee chain is a diet danger, with 230 calories in 16 ounces.

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Monster Energy Drink
There are only 100 calories in 8 ounces of this pick-me-up, but who only drinks half a can? The whole thing will set you back 200 calories.

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Nesquik Lowfat Chocolate Milk
An 8-ounce bottle of this sweet sip adds up to 170 calories. Beware of larger sizes that encourage bigger portions.

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Barq's Root Beer
Each 12-ounce can contains 160 calories.

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