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Why A Starbucks Latte Isn't Any Better For Your Waistline Than McDonald's French Fries

04/03/2014 14:49 GMT | Updated 04/03/2014 15:59 GMT

A green tea latte sounds like a pretty healthy to your diet, doesn't it?

Wrong, says the author of a series of infographics, who is trying to make people more mindful about what they drink.

Ryoko Iwata, 34, from Seattle blogs at I Love Coffee, and created the illustrations to show how Starbucks drinks match up to fast food snacks and meals that we traditionally view as the bad guys.

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It's a good commentary on how shorthand for healthy eating can actually be quite detrimental - for instance, you'd read the words 'green tea' and assume it was healthy. But all those antioxidants are probably being drowned in sugar.

According to Iwata, a green tea latte is around the same number of calories as a medium packet of Maccy D french fries.

A hot chocolate comes in at a whopping 370 calories, which is the equivalent to 45 gummy bears.

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On her site, she advocates drinking black coffee which has zero calories and is the same as "drinking caffeinated air". As for the other drinks, she says: "The point is if you're counting calories be careful what you order. It's easy to transform your morning coffee into liquid dessert."

Talking to the MailOnline, she said: "The comparison shows viewers that Starbucks coffee drinks can be just as bad for you as the junk food you try not to eat. For how successful Starbucks is I find it shocking that some of their drinks have so many calories."

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