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The ‘unhealthiest’ cocktails revealed – is your favorite on the list?

There’s almost nothing quite like sipping a cocktail in the sun – especially on a bank holiday weekend.

But your favorite fruity drink can contain an alarming amount of calories and bewildering amounts of sugar.

Our research reveals where your favorite cocktail ranks in relation to your health


Our research reveals where your favorite cocktail ranks in relation to your health

A Sun investigation can uncover the worst culprits when it comes to both waist-busting traits.

By far the worst is the Long Island Iced Tea.

The super potent drink with vodka, rum, tequila, gin and triple sec packs a whopping 370 calories and 30g of sugar per serving.

That’s roughly the equivalent of a Lotus Biscoff Krispy Kreme Donut (392 calories) or a Cadbury’s Double Decker (30g sugar).

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Second is the popular piña colada made with rum, coconut and pineapple.

Despite the healthy-sounding fruit, a regular glass of the drink uses up 350 calories and 25g of sugar.

It also contains 10g of fat – the second highest of any cocktail on the list, beaten only by the bronze-winning White Russian.

Equal parts vodka, Kahlua, and cream, the drink packs 18g of the artery-clogging agent — about the same as a medium serving of McDonald’s French fries.

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The healthiest overall is the cosmopolitan loved by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw.

It contains 130 calories (similar to a regular glass of white wine) and only 4g of sugar.

Other low-calorie options include a vodka martini, a margarita, and a mojito, while some of the best low-sugar options include Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Gin Fizz.

The NHS recommends women eat no more than 2,000 calories a day and men should stick to around 2,500.

You should also try not to consume more than 30 g of free sugar per day – the equivalent of about seven sugar cubes.

Free sugar is added to foods and beverages and occurs naturally in honey, syrup and unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and purees.

Experts recommend that these shouldn’t account for more than 5 percent of the energy — or calories — we take in through food and drink each day.

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Dietitian Ro Huntriss told Sun Health, “Many people tend to pay attention to the nutrition of their food, but often not to the nutrition of their alcoholic beverages.”

“While it’s okay to indulge from time to time, it can be interesting to know the nutritional value of some of the most common cocktails as it can help with your choice.”

“Some of the statistics may surprise you.”

Ro, from London, added that while the calorie content of different cocktails varies, in general those with higher sugar or fat content also tend to have more calories.

And while some drinks don’t contain added sugar or fat, they still contain calories from the alcohol itself.

“Drinks like espresso martini, mojito, mai tai, and blackberry tend to be higher in sugar, while white russian and piña colada are higher-fat drinks,” she added.

“Excessive consumption of these beverages can increase the risk of weight gain, which increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

“Sugar-rich foods can also lead to cavities and cavities.”

The NHS recommends drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, but this should be spread over three days or more.

Drinking too often can have unpleasant side effects such as trouble sleeping, mood swings, decreased libido, and difficulty concentrating, as well as longer-lasting problems.

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Ro said, “Increased alcohol consumption has health effects, including high blood pressure, an increased risk of stroke, cancer and liver disease, and high cholesterol.”

“Reducing alcohol consumption can improve mood and sleep quality and help with weight management.”

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