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Fruit juice: 4 to 6 ounces of your favorite juice can contain around 15 grams of carbohydrates.

Alternative: It’s healthier to eat the actual piece of fruit. If you really want juice, try a cup of low-sodium V8.

Coffee: Coffee all by itself is actually just fine. However, many coffee drinks today, especially from your local cafe/coffee shop, can contain more than 300 calories and 10 – 15 teaspoons of sugar…or more.

Alternative: Sweeten your coffee with one teaspoon of sugar or with a packet of stevia. Add a dash of your favorite coffee flavoring, such as unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon or vanilla.

Whole Milk: A glass of whole milk has about 12 grams of carbs – and 11 of those grams are from sugar.

Alternative: Drink low-fat, fat-free, or skim milk. Or, if you’re lactose-intolerant, try light soy milk.

Alcohol: No, alcohol is not bad. In moderation, some types, such as wine, can have some heart-health benefits. But it’s best to avoid sugary options – this means fruit juice, cocktail mixers, such as sour mix, and “dessert” drinks.

Alternative: Opt for drinks mixed with seltzer water or club soda. Or, enjoy a glass of dry red wine, which tends to have less sugar.

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