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9 Starbucks Drinks That Are In The Under 100 Calorie Club

My first Starbucks experience involved a grande Caramel Frappuccino, as is the case for a lot of high schoolers. When you’re a teenager, you don’t really mind the 420 calories because you’ll probably burn it off playing a sport, or running to class the next day.

When high school’s over, though, and you’re an adult staring at that Starbucks menu, you’re probably looking for a pick-me-up that won’t go straight to your gut.

While there’s a lot of high calorie drinks filled with sugar, syrup, and whipped cream, there’s a solid amount of drinks that actually fall under 100 calories.

Stick to these drinks and you’ll be a little less guilty taking that sip of coffee or tea.


Grande Cold Brew Coffeecold-brew

Not only does the Cold Brew have fewer than 5 calories, it has zero grams of sugar. Even if you add a little bit of 2% milk, it only adds 25 calories, bringing you a total of 30 calories.


Grande Iced Coffee

Their classic grande Iced Coffee, without anything added, is only 5 calories. Get it sweetened and it’s still only 80 calories, keeping it under the 100 calorie threshold.


Grande Iced Caffè Americanoamericano

This is literally just espresso shots and water, adding up to 10 calories.


Tall Iced Skinny Mocha

The bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, along with espresso and non-fat milk served over ice. 90 calories. You have to get a tall for this though, or else you’ll jump up to 120 calories in the grande size, which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.


Starbucks Refreshers Beverages

very berry hibiscus

The Refreshers are a flavorful choice, as the Very Berry Hibiscus has 70 calories, Cool Lime has 60 calories, and Valencia Orange toes the line with 90 calories.


Grande Doubleshot on Ice

double shot

This one doubles as not only a low calorie option, at 90 with nonfat milk, but it’s one of the ultimate pick-me-ups, sporting 225 milligrams of caffeine.


Grande Teavana Shaken Iced Teas

Their Teavana Passion Tango Tea, Black Tea , Peach Tea, and Green Tea all have  80 calories. Their Sweet Tea hits the 100 calorie mark, but we won’t tell anyone about those extra 20 calories.


Tall Espresso Light Frappuccino

espresso frappuccino

There is an exception to the Frappuccino, but it doesn’t come easy. No syrups, or whipped cream added, just a straight up, tall Espresso Light Frap. Unlike its counterparts, this only has 80 calories, if you must have a Frappuccino in your life.


Grande Teavana Mango Black Tea

Like the shaken iced teas, the Mango Black Tea also tops off at 80 calories. The teas seem to be some of the better low calorie options at the Bux.


Food Labels Are Finally Going To Make Sense, Here’s What’s Changing

It’s something that we’ve all seen on the side panel or on the back of a package, which is supposed to tells us exactly what’s in our food. From the calorie count, to the serving size and then the list of unpronounceable hodgepodge of additives that sometimes makes us question every bite.

Now, for the first time in more than two decades, nutritional labels on food are getting redesigned.

Some people live their lives by way of the nutritional information, while others just don’t pay attention. But, the Food and Drug Administration wanted to improve nutritional information listed on food items, “to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease,” according to its website.

In order to reinforce this, “new scientific information,” the FDA is taking steps to reduce the complexity of understanding exactly what the label information actually means for consumers.

Here’s a comparison image highlighting the changes, which are estimated to take effect for manufacturers July 28, 2018.

NFL Side by Side copySome changes are almost automatically noticeable. But, as you look deeper, the changes are pretty significant.

In total, there are four categories of changes that will take effect. In terms of the actual label design, text size increases for serving size and calories, including, servings per container and, according to the FDA, “the footnote is changing to better explain what percent Daily Value means. It will read: “*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

The new labels will also use updated information concerning nutritional science in terms of added sugars and other dietary protocol which reflects 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans.

The consumption category will redefine serving and package size information, which has not received an upgrade since 1993. The FDA hopes that people will become more aware of what they eat, not just what they are eating, but how much.

“By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating,” according to the FDA website.

These changes will take time and some may still be unaware. But, on May 20, First Lady and fitness enthusiast,  Michelle Obama, announced her excitement about the upcoming changes via twitter.


Why Feeding Ducks Bread Isn’t As Noble As It Seems


When you see a sign at the park that says “Don’t Feed The Ducks,” your natural instinct might be to break off a piece of bread and feed the ducks. Why wouldn’t you want to make sure those feathered miscreants are fed and full?

Turns out, park authorities weren’t just putting up those signs to be jerk. There’s a reason you shouldn’t be feeding ducks bread.

According to IFL Science, continuously feeding ducks leds to them relying on humans for food rather than seeking out foods in their natural diets. They’ll quickly get addicted to the bread, which contains no nutritional value other than a high amount of calories.

In extreme cases, ducks can also develop a condition known as angel wing. Angel wing cause birds’ wings to point out laterally instead of coming down to rest against the body. Because of this, the birds are unable to fly which will sadly led to their deaths.

Bread, if uneaten by the ducks, can also begin to mold and contaminate the surrounding area.

All this can be avoided if you just eat that piece of bread yourself. Maybe some veggies after.

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This NFL Star Eats 9000 Calories A Day And He’s Kind Of A Dick About It

JJ Watt, the enormous, powerhouse NFL defensive end for the Houston Texans, consumes roughly 8,500-9,000 calories a day. A DAY.

Being as big as he is requires having to constantly fuel your muscle-bound body with energy, but eating whatever you want won’t necessarily get it done. Since he works out and practices every day, the strain placed on his body requires a much more balanced (and, frankly, boring) diet.

When asked what exactly his diet consisted of, Watt would not comment in order to maintain his health secrets. Also because he’s kind of a dick, which in all fairness is a valuable and almost necessary quality to have when chasing down quarterbacks on the field.

JJ Watt Diet
JJ Watt enjoying a small snack and his apparent immunity to Salmonella.

For those of you that love food more than you hate your body (good for you) and don’t bother counting carbs, here are some things that could rival Watt’s regimen in terms of daily calories:

  • 25 McChicken Sandwiches from McDonald’s
  • 16 Big Macs
  • 13 ½ pizookies from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
  • 1,200 large stalks of celery
  • 7 watermelons weighing 9 lbs each
  • A little over 2 gallons of ketchup

As for the rest of us, we’ll just have to wait until scientists get their shit together and invent a burrito that burns more calories than it creates. Oh, don’t worry lab nerds, we’ll wait.

Photo Credit: Do You Even


What Calories In Your Booze Look Like In Food Form

If you’re one to count calories, you’ll know that sometimes going out for drinks can make you rethink your dinner choice. Have you ever wondered how many beers equated to a cheeseburger? If you just downed a bottle of wine, how much is that in cookies?

Elite Daily posted a few graphics that compared popular alcoholic drinks to popular foods. Each have the exact same amount of calories. The quantity of each item, however, is pretty interesting. You can check out the rest here.

Now, every time we go out, we’re just gonna measure every drink on a pizza scale.




UPDATE: Infographic images originally from Elite Daily.


What Happens When You Eat Pizza And Burgers For A Week


Eating two and a half times more calories than the recommended daily allowance regularly will undoubtedly lead to obesity, but it can also lead to diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

That’s what a new study conducted by a research team led by Guenther Boden and Salim Merali from Temple University revealed. The study had six healthy male participants consuming 6,000 calories’ worth of food every day for a week while laying in bed and not engaging in any sort of movement or exercise. Merali told New Scientist:

“It was a regular, American diet, composed of pizzas, hamburgers and that sort of thing.”

Within two days of their diet, all of the volunteers developed resistance to the hormone insulin. After a week, they had gained an average of seven and a half pounds.

Resistance to insulin is known to threaten the health of the kidneys, nervous system and heart, and can lead to diabetes. Francis Stephens at the University of Nottingham in the UK told New Scientist:

“By definition, they all developed diabetes.”

The team also noticed that the volunteers were urinating increasing amounts of oxidised lipid compounds as the week progressed, which is commonly seen in individuals who have oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress weakens blood sugar regulation, which alters the structure of a protein that is usually in charge of moving glucose out of the bloodstream. This results in glucose not being removed from the blood.

While other mechanisms are probably still involved, the researchers pointed at oxidative stress and a damaged glucose-transporting protein as the potential causes for type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Stephens said that the participants’ seven-pound weight gain in a week is severe. He added:

“It will probably take them several months to get rid of it.”

Written by Riley Schatzle, Next Shark 


Google Is Working On Tech That Will Count The Calories On Your Instagram Food Pics


All those food pictures in your Instagram feed might start showing calories, CNET reports. At an artificial-intelligence conference last week, Kevin P. Murphy of Google submitted a project that was said to allow users to count the calories of the food photos they posted on Instagram.

The project is called Im2Calories, reports Popular Science. Apparently it uses “sophisticated deep learning algorithms” as well as pattern recognition to identify foods. By doing so, it gives the users of the social media platform an estimate of how many calories their food photo contains.

While still not quite accurate, Murphy states that it gets smarter with more users contributing. Currently, Google has no plans to release Im2Calories as it is still in the developmental and research phases. However, they did file a patent on the software.

We can all agree, however, that it might hit a snag on the Foodbeast Instagram.



Jones Soda Goes Diet – Launches ‘Stripped’ Soda and Sparkling Water


While wandering ExpoWest this year, we spotted a friendly site at one of the booths: Jones Soda. As a kid, we remember Jones as a rare find in the occasional convenience store. Now, they’re sold practically everywhere. It looks like the soda brand will be adding two new varieties to their line: Jones Stripped and Jones Sparkling Water.

Stripped will feature all the aesthetics that make Jones so widely popular: the colorful labeling, random hipster photographs and colorful soda (though the Stripped line is clear). However, the new soda will boast only 30 calories compared to its original counterpart. Made with natural sweeteners, Stripped will be available in Orange Mango, Lemon Lime, Green Apple, Cherry, Chipotle Pineapple and Huckleberry.


Jones will also debut a new sparkling water. It will be available in Strawberry Lime, Fufu Berry, Green Apple and Berry Lemonade. The water is said to be made with natural flavors, zero grams of sugar and will carry zero calories.

The sparkling water is currently being tested at select Target locations in 8-ounce cans, but will soon see a wider release.