Sip On This: Diet-Friendly Drinks

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So many drinks, so many calories. Beverages seem so innocuous. But like anything else that goes into your mouth, they can quickly become a major diet trap. Take soda for instance. One cup of cola has 136 calories and 9 teaspoons of sugar. An eight ounce serving of Mountain Dew is 110 calories and 31 grams of sugar. Think juices are a low-calorie choice? Not so much. A cup of apple juice is 117 calories and 27 grams. And who really stops at one cup of juice? A cup of milk is 150 calories, 8 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugar. For many people, sports drinks seem like a smart choice - however, that couldn't be further from the truth. Although these heavily-hyped beverages are good for rehydrating power athletes, they're nothing more than empty calories for the average Joe. A 12-ounce drink of Gatorade has 310 calories and 42 grams of sugar. And alcoholic beverages aren't much better.