McDonald’s has been showcasing a new drink for summer, it’s Cherry Berry Chiller. A look at its nutrition information finds the 12-ounce chiller has 200 calories and 49 grams of sugar.
A 16-ounce size has 260 calories and 65 grams of sugar. That 49 grams of sugar in the 12 ounce is the same as the amount of sugar in the McDonald’s mango pineapple smoothie we wrote about last June.
To translate that into everyday measurements, 49 grams of sugar amounts to 12 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 for men (1 teaspoon of sugar contains 4.2 grams of sugar).
The nutrition info doesn’t specify where the sugar comes from (some folks commented on my mango smoothie post about natural sugar in fruit juice versus added sugar).
Tony has written about McD’s sugar drinks before. You can read Why Mc Donald’s Shamrock Shake is a Sugar Monster and Why You Shouldn’t Drink Mc Donald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. Check the links for further details.
Regardless, know that if you decide to order one of these that you’re getting a lot of sugar, adjust the rest of your day’s eating accordingly.