I headed south for the weekend to visit the folks. Upon my morning musings of their ever-so-shrinking newspaper, I came across an article that discussed the sugar content lurking in popular beverages. I can't say the amount of sugar in each surprised me much. However, it is always interesting to know what other sugar-laden treats you could get instead. Below is a quick synopsis, minus the calorie count. I mean really, at this point, if you are drinking these, the calories are the least of your worries. (If you haven't read my article yet, free with sign up to our newsletter, you may want to check it out.)
McDonald's Sweet Tea (32 oz) has a whopping 69 grams of sugar, which equals 3 vanilla ice cream cones or a 12 oz Oreo McFlurry.
Snapple Half n' Half (which come to find out is half tea, half lemonade) has 50 grams of sugar, equal to 5 glazed Krispy Kreme donuts.
SoBe Energize Green Tea has 51 grams of sugar, equal to 3 frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts.
Lipton Brisk Lemon Iced Tea (20 oz) has 55 grams of sugar, of which you could suck the sweet stuff out of 25 Pixie Sticks instead. Good times.
Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte (16 oz) ties Snapple at 50 grams of sugar...eat more donuts.
Arizona Extra Sweet Green Tea (23.5 oz) ties the Mickie D's Sweet Tea at 69 grams of sugar. If you aren't into ice cream, 2 Snickers bars will do the trick.
Nestea Iced Black or Green Tea (20 oz) has 55 grams of sugar, so you can once again gorge in Pixie Sticks or consume 3 Twinkies. (I did hear that Twinkies are back, how fortunate for us...check out our Facebook page for a link to find out what fantabulous ingredients live in a Twinkie.)
Turkey Hill Cherry Pomegranate Black Tea has 52 grams of sugar, equal to 3 scoops of Rocky Road ice cream. I can't say I have heard of Turkey Hill, must be an outside-of-Florida thing?
Sweet Leaf Peach or Raspberry Ice Tea boasts an organic label (which it very may well be), but still contains 36 grams of sugar. This is equal to 15 Starburst candies. Just goes to show you that just because it is organic, it doesn't mean it is actually good for you.
Lipton Mango Iced Tea Mix is the overall winner for the least amount of sugar: 19 grams for 1 ½ tablespoons of mix, equal to 3 Oreos. However, there is just something so wrong about powdered tea.
If you would like to read the whole article, you can find it here for now.
Meanwhile, if you like your iced tea with a bit-o-sweet, brew your own tea from real tea leaves, and add a little bit of Agave nectar at a time until sweetened to your liking. Then buy a glass or BPA free reusable bottle, and bring your own brew on the road. Your waistline, hormones, wallet and Mother Nature will all appreciate the gesture.
Until next time...
Be Happy! Be Healthy!