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10 Cocktails That Are Terrible For Your Health

Summer’s on its way and for most of us that means we’ll be outside, taking in the sun, and having a few cocktails. Unfortunately, nearly all of the colorful, tasty, sugary concoctions you order at the

Summer’s on its way and for most of us that means we’ll be outside, taking in the sun, and having a few cocktails. Unfortunately, nearly all of the colorful, tasty, sugary concoctions you order at the bar are filled with bad stuff. It’s not just the overdose of sugar that can be harmful to you; it’s the artificial flavors and colors, the high fat content, the high calorie count – and the alcohol content too.

In the USA, nearly 80,000 people die from alcohol-related diseases every year and about 27% of the population was considered obese in 2013. What’s more, about 25% of the adult population admits that they engage in binge drinking. Among regular drinkers, the popularity of cocktails and pre-mixed drinks is rising, with fewer people opting for a simple wine, beer or straight spirit at the bar.

Data released by newBrandAnalytics in early 2014 showed upcoming trends among drinkers for the year ahead, based on posts people make on social media sites and other websites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp and OpenTable. It found that cocktails such as margaritas are on the rise, with orange, mango, watermelon and pear margaritas among the most popular flavors. It also showed an upsurge in flavored martinis and mojitos, as well as ciders and craft beers.

Everyone knows that excessive drinking of alcohol isn’t good for you, regardless of the drink you choose. But could that one cocktail you’re sipping poolside in the Caribbean be worse for you than a greasy burger and fries? Check out our list of 10 cocktails that are shockingly bad for you and see what the worst culprits are.

10 Sangria – 200 Calories

9 Red Bull & Vodka – 250 Calories

8 Eggnog – 300+ Calories

7 Mulled Wine – 350+ Calories

6 Long Island Iced Tea – 400+ Calories

5 Flavored Martinis – 400+ Calories

4 Frozen Margarita – 500+ Calories

3 Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri – 500+ Calories

2 White Russian – 600+ Calories

1 Piña Colada – 600+ Calories

A Mexican classic, the piña colada is a poolside favorite, but unfortunately it’s full of calories and empty of nutrition. Made of rum, coconut cream, coconut milk, pineapple juice and ice, it easily exceeds 600 calories not to mention boosting your fat intake substantially. It’s the coconut cream that does most of the damage – one glass of coconut cream on its own has almost 800 calories and over 80 grams of fat. What’s more, cheap coconut oils tend to be processed heavily with chemicals which can be very unhealthy too. Considering a piña colada has more calories than a McDonalds Big Mac, it doesn’t bode well for the waistline.

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