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Don’t give children over-the-counter cold or cough medicine

25 Jul



Don’t give children over-the-counter cold or cough medicine

Since 2008 the FDA has warned parents not to give over-the-counter cold or cough medicine to children under age two because serious side effects can occur, especially if the recommended dosing is exceeded.  

In response, manufacturers changed their drugs’ labels to warn that they shouldn’t be used in children under four, though this is usually in small print. 

Still, more than 40 percent of parents of children under four give them cough or multi-symptom cold drugs, according to a recent national survey from the University of Michigan. 

Keep in mind that there’s no evidence that cough medicines are effective in children of any age or in adults, research reviews have concluded.

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Coffee Drink Calories

23 Jul


Coffee Drink Calories


How much damage can your favorite coffee drink do in additional calories added to your diet? The fancier the drink, the fancier the calories – especially when you opt for the whipped topping.  An extra 200 calories a day can add up to 21 extra pounds added to your body per year!


If you can’t give up your daily gourmet guzzle, know what calories you are adding to your body before you make your decision on which coffee drink to purchase. You don’t need to give up your favorite coffee drink, but just adjust your coffee order to make it more calorie conscious.


Try the following tips to make your next coffee drink more guilt-free:


Black Coffee – It is not the coffee that makes you gain weight, but all the extras that go in the drink. A medium-size regular cup of coffee has about 10 calories and 0 grams of sugar. You can control how much of those extras you put in your coffee. So order a black coffee and ask for the extras on the side and pour them in yourself.


Whipping Cream – By saying no to whipped cream, you can reduce your calories of the drink about 80 to 130 calories. This will also reduce the fat content of your drink by about 8 to 12 grams.


Sweeteners – Request that whey use a calorie-free sweetener like Sweet’N Low, Splenda, Truvia or Equal instead of sugar.


Sugar-free Syrup – Usually the coffee shop will have some sugar-free syrups. The sugar-free syrup adds no additional calories or fat to your drink. 


Chocolate – A tablespoon of chocolate syrup is 50 calories. Some coffee drinks with chocolate contain as much as 1/4 cup (1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons = 200 calories). A light version of chocolate syrup gives you about 1/2 the calories.

Milk – User reduced fat or skim milk instead of cream when ordering your drink. You can save up to 140 calories by using this in your coffee drinks.

Coffee drinks to watch out for:

McDonald’s large mocha 400 calories; 14 grams fat (8 grams saturated, 0.5 grams trans); 49 grams sugar

Drink this instead ð Large cappuccino 
180 calories; 10 grams fat (6 grams saturated); 13 grams sugars

Starbucks Venti White Chocolate Mocha 580 calories; 22 g fat (15 g saturated); 75 g sugar

Drink this instead ð Venti Caramel Caffe Misto 
130 calories; 5 grams fat (3.5 grams saturated); 12 grams sugar

Starbucks Delicious Drinks Under 200 Calories

Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen cappuccino with whole milk 610 calories; 8 grams fat (5 grams saturated); 123 grams carbs; 105 grams sugar

Drink This Instead ð Medium Coffee Coolatta with skim milk 
210 calories; 0 grams fat; 44 grams sugars

Sonic Large Lemon-Berry Cream Slush (20 ounces) 630 calories; 15 g fat (9 g saturated, 0.5 g trans); 99 g sugars

Drink This Instead ð Small Strawberry Real Fruit Slush (14 ounces) 210 calories; 0 g fat; 52 g sugars 



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