I RECENTLY wrote a couple of articles on the health benefits of coffee and green tea. Both contain antioxidants which are well-known to help prevent disease. But I just thought I’d also like to point out that all not all coffee and green teas are created equal…

First example is SoBe Green Tea. It comes in a lovely bottle with a nice fresh green label that subtley says ‘drink me’. Unlike Alice in Wonderland you’re unlikely to shrink if you drink this. However, you may just find yourself growing …

SoBe Green Tea (20 fl oz) contains 240 calories and a whopping 61g of sugar, equivalent to four slices of Sara Lee Cherry Pie.  Moving swiftly on …  Starbucks.

One Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino (13.7 fl oz) has 290 calories, 4.5g of fat and 45g of sugar.  And if you think that is bad … Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream contains a double whopping 660 calories, 22g of fat and 95g of sugar. Starbucks has managed to pack in more calories and saturated fat than two slices of deep-dish sausage and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s. That makes it the equivalent of dinner and dessert disguised as a cup of coffee.

If you want to reap the benefits of coffee just stick to the regular ground stuff.