Without food and beverages, our bodies wouldn’t be able to produce the energy necessary to “run” our organism. Those energy units in food and drinks are commonly called calories (though the accurate term is kilocalorie), and we need to consume a certain amount of them to function properly.

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You’ll see the average daily calorie recommendation on many food labels and it amounts to 2000 calories. Of course, this number can vary a little, depending on whether you are a small child, tiny or tall person, man or woman, a physically active sportsman, or an office employee who spends most of the time sitting. In any case, you need to fill your body with calories, and the best way to do that is to have balanced meals with enough healthy nutrients and vitamins.

However, we all know how difficult it is to only eat “healthy” food. With so many delicious products calling to us from grocery store shelves, deli shops, pizza places, bars, ice-cream booths and cool refrigerators, you can’t just say “no”. And you don’t need to. As long as you don’t succumb to sugar and fat cravings too often, and know how to watch calories, you don’t need to worry.

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When watching calories and trying to intake the proper daily amount, it is important to know that beverages are a very serious source of sugar and calories. Many diets that prescribe certain types of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner don’t elaborate on how much beverages contribute to the daily calorie value. They simply recommend that only water and tea are drank during the diet. The reason for that is that some of the most commonly consumed beverages contain a very high amount of sugar and calories.

Take a look at this infographic to see what we mean when we say “very high amount”. Did you know that you may be consuming half of your recommended daily dose of calories in a only a few hours in a bar? Or that you may be consuming an entire daily calorie amount with a super sized milkshake from Baskin Robbins? Do not underestimate the power of beverages to ruin your plans for a well balanced diet plan. Equip yourself with information about the number of calories in commonly consumed drinks that you can find in this infographic, and learn how to make smarter drinking choices.

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