Mickey D’s is stretching out in its offerings of coffee drinks in what looks like a direct attack on Starbuck’s. John introduced you to it yesterday. Here’s a further look into the sugar content.
The latest offering the Chocolate Chip Frappe is a masterpiece of bad nutrition.
In the 16 ounce medium size there are a whopping 630 calories. A normal person requires around 2000 calories a day to maintain his weight. Now comes Mc Donald’s with almost a third of that in sugar-coated calories. Can it be any wonder that we have an obesity problem in the U.S.?
Inflating the calorie count is the SUGAR CONTENT. They have jammed an amazing 81 grams of sugar into 16 ounces.
Most peoples’ eyes glaze over when they hear a quantity like 81 grams. What does it mean? The 81 grams of sugar is close to 20 teaspoons of sugar. This amounts to about a half cup of sugar. Do you really want to pour that much sugar down your throat?
I have 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.
On June 8 I wrote How to Beat the Heat. In it, The New York City Office of Emergency Management suggested, “Drink fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.” Emphasis mine.
So, drinking this amount of sugar is not recommended if you want to cool yourself off.
In the current heat wave, order a cold glass of water with that burger or fish sammy. You deserve a break today.