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Looking for a healthy drink but worried that you're being taken for a ride? You probably are! This article takes a look at several common drinks and gives the real scoop on what's in them. Some people think switching to diet drinks helps, but that's not necessarily the case.

The worst drink on the list marketed as a "healthy" drink? Vitamin Water. It sounds great. But the truth is that it has almost as much sugar and as many calories as a can of regular Coke. Then there's the worst "juice impostor." I'm always amazed at the number of drinks in the grocery store that are trying to pass for "juice" when they're really little more than sugar water. Arizona Kiwi Strawberry won this award with 360 calories and 84 grams of sugar. And it's only got 5% juice.

I love the sound of the "unhealthiest" drink in America. It absolutely must be delicious. It's the Baskin Robbin's Large Heath Bar Shake. Yum. 2,310 calories, 266 grams of sugar, and 109 grams of fat. They say you'd have to eat 11 Heath Bars to get the calories found in this shake. Now you know this has to be wonderful!

Not only are these drinks unhealthy, they're often expensive too. I've got a healthy drink for you! And it's almost free! How about some good old water? Nothing fancy. Just plain old tap water. It's better for you than any of these other choices, and it costs next to nothing so it's great for your budget. Give it a try!

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.