More on soda – my rant about Sprite
|August 6, 2013||Posted by Carrie under attitude about food, food, nutrition|
Last fall, for my daughter’s birthday, she asked me to buy Cactus Cooler soda for her party. After wandering the aisles of the grocery store, I found the soda and bought some. After unleashing a little bit of a rant here about the amount of sugar and fake crap in the drink, I’ve been looking at other sodas.
I often hear friends say how they let their kids drink Sprite since it’s more natural ingredients. The other day, we were at a party at a friends house and my son asked if he could have a Sprite. As we were sitting and chatting, he started looking at the nutritional information.
Have you looked at the nutritional information of Sprite?
The ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid and Natural Flavors. This can of Sprite has 24 grams of sugar!!!! The can my son had at the party had 32g of sugar (I wish I had looked closer at why these cans in the store had less). Through a Google search, I found a picture of a different can of Sprite that has 38g of sugar (but makes sure you know that it’s low sodium – ugh).
But, Holy Freaking Cow! That’s more sugar than many candy bars. The recommended daily allowance of sugar for the average person is 32g PER DAY!! That means that some cans of Sprite have more sugar than a person should have in a whole day.
And besides – the sugar in Sprite is HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Enough said. Ugh.
Even for an occasional treat of soda, the fact that the sugar is HFCS should lead you to stay clear and keep your kids away from the stuff too.
And, a chocolate bar may have less sugar. Chocolate tastes better. Ice cream tastes better. So many other things are worth the calories.
Here’s my point – don’t drink your calories. Learn to drink water. It will save your health, save your teeth and save your wallet. Seriously, if anything else, you don’t have to pay almost $3,00 from a restaurant for a glass of
crap sugar. A family of four could spend more than $10 on just drinks in a restaurant. Ridiculous!!!!!!
Don’t drink your calories. And don’t get me started on artificially sweetened drinks (I used to be a huge Diet Coke drinker and can attest to the addictive nature of the chemical filled drinks that are diet sodas).
Rant over (for now).