It’s been hot and steamy all week long. While you may go for a cold glass of water to cool you down, most head in to their favourite coffee shop and choose a frozen version of the usual cuppa joe.
It’s a minefield out there when it comes to drinks. Most think smoothies are healthy, and some are (mostly those made at home in your own blender with you adding the ingredients). If you head to your local mall and order something like a Booster Juice, Orange Julius or similar, you’ll rack up your sugar in take in just the first few sips.
Health Canada suggests that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons or 25g of sugar in one day (total!), men about 10 tsp or 37.5g and children around 3-4 tsp or 20 grams. No more. That doesn’t include natural sugars from fruit, so you’re good there. With what we uncovered below, you can see just how easy it is to consume up to triple that with one order of your favourite icy drink.
Check out the numbers below so next time you have a hankering for something cold, you’ll make an informed decision. All drinks are large size or comparable millilitres to each other.
Iced Capp – 62 g of sugar or 15 1/2 teaspoons of sugar.
If you think you’ll opt for the large strawberry banana fruit smoothie with greek yogurt – you’ll consume a mere 13 teaspoons of sugar or 52g of sugar.
Frappuccino – 69 g of sugar or just over 17 teaspoons.
Caramel Frapp (without whipped cream) – 77g of sugar or just over 19 teaspoons.
Ice Brewed Coffee – 36g of sugar or 9 teaspoons.
Vanilla Bean Iced Creme (without whipped cream) – 71g of sugar or almost 18 teaspoons.
And again, if you think the strawberry banana smoothie will save the day, it has your days worth of sugar with 40g or 10 teaspoons of sugar.
Frozen White Hot Chocolate – 97g of sugar or just over 24 teaspoons.
Iced Moccaccino – 50g of sugar or 12 1/2 teaspoons.
Iced White Mocha – 49g or sugar or 12 teaspoons.
Well, choosing the Mango REAL fruit smoothie will have your poor pancreas in hyperdrive for hours. A whopping 136g of sugar or 34 teaspoons. Although second cup doesn’t have the ingredients online for me to comment, there is added Astro yogurt. And if you thought that was high, the Strawberry Real Fruit Smoothie has 154g or 38 1/2 teaspoons.
So now you know. How about some ideas of how to make homemade cool treats instead.
1. Always have ice cubes on hand. Fill up your trays, pop out ice cubes and store in a bag and keep refilling and storing.
2. Have frozen fruit in the freezer for quick smoothies with water or milk of choice and frozen fruit.
3. Find popsicle moulds and make up a bunch of different popsicles or check out the Zoku popsicles. Ideas and recipes here
4. Make homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt or just blend (or put in food processor) about four frozen bananas and a bit of milk for an instantly incredible frozen treat.
5. Make sun ice tea with your favourite fruity or chai tea bags. Fill a pitcher with water and add two to four teabags and let sit out in the sun for a few hours. Add ice cubes, honey or maple syrup to taste and enjoy.
What’s going to keep you cool?