It’s no secret that a lot of our readily-available foods in this country are laden with fats, preservatives, and an excessive amount of sugar. But what, exactly, does all that sugar look like? This morning I came across a blog post that highlights the 20 worst beverages in the country, accompanied by photos of their sugar-equivalent foods. Here are just a few of the offenders:
#20: Worst Water
Ok seriously, worst water? Water? You can have 2 Good Humor chocolate eclair bars and have the same amount of sugar in that bottle. Suddenly, plain water seems 100% more appealing than “antioxidant” water.
#14: Worst Kids’ Drink
This is particularly gross to me since I used to love Tropicana Twister when I was younger. The sugar here (60g in 1 bottle) is the same as having two cans of Reddi Whip whipped cream. Oh, and this juice is only 10% juice. The rest is basically water and sugar. Hooray!
#12: Worst Juice Imposter
Who didn’t love these 99¢ cans of Arizona? And who didn’t drink the whole thing right then and there because hey, it’s in a can so you can’t really save it! Think before you pick up a can like this again… one can of Arizona Kiwi Strawberry packs 81g of sugar; the same as 7 bowls of Froot Loops. I personally can’t even make it through one bowl of Froot Loops. Brb gonna be sick.
#11: Worst Espresso Drink
Ah, the peppermint mocha: a staple of the holiday season. Beware the white chocolate, though. I used to work at Starbucks years ago, and the white chocolate mocha syrup really is a thing to be afraid of. The venti white chocolate version of this staple gives you 660 calories and 95g of sugar; the same as 8.5 scoops of Edy’s Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream. 8.5 SCOOPS. There is so much wrong with that, I can’t even. (Can anyone even eat 8.5 scoops of ice cream and not wish for death afterwards?)
I won’t spoil the top 10 for you… just go ahead and read for yourself. And give your water bottle a hug.