I was in a McDonald’s yesterday when an elderly woman customer asked a counter person if the lemonade had added sugar. His first response was “it’s sweet” but then he added the help doesn’t add sugar to it. Not much help.
The tray liner containing nutritional info for the most common McDonald’s item had no calorie listing for the strawberry lemonade but I did find it on the nutrition portion of McDonald’s Web site.
A 16-ounce cup of the strawberry lemonade has 270 calories and 67 grams of sugar, well over a day’s worth. If you remember nothing else from this post, remember that 4.2 grams of sugar = one teaspoon. So the 67 grams of sugar amounts to more than 15 teaspoons full.
The answer to that customer is yes it has sugar in it. It also has 183 mg of vitamin C, which McDonald’s lists as three times the RDA.
All that sugar likely makes this a sweet treat but it’s one I plan to avoid; a salad at Subway, my normal lunch, is about half the 270 calories this contains.
On June 15 Tony wrote Why You Shouldn’t Drink McDonald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. You can read it here. Read Tony’s post for all the details.