What’s all the fuss about? Unicorn Drink? It Changes Color, it’s Sweet; but, is it for me?
Sometimes it’s about profit:
“Schultz said that the pink-and-blue drink drove significant traffic to chains during its limited run as well as brand awareness and affinity. These sales will likely be seen in the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings.”
Other time’s it’s about nutrition:
And this is where my allegiance is. Although the color changing Unicorn drink has many people excited; I question the nutrition. Do Frappuccino drinkers consider nutrition or is it all about taste? For me, in my Frappuccino days it was about taste! I would call my Mocha Frappuccino an ‘internal hug’.
However, once I made a decsion to treat my body differently I started paying attention to what I was putting in my body.
Registered dietitian Niki Kubiak classified the drink as a dessert. A sugar rush is almost guaranteed, she said. “For a grande version — that’s 16 ounces — made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream, the drink is 410 calories. And with 59 grams of sugar, the Unicorn Frappuccino packs as much of the sweet stuff as six Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.
For those on the Weight Watchers program, a grande will use up 22 SmartPoints. Many people are alloted 30 points daily.”
When I would buy a Frappuccino it would always be a Venti which made me wonder about how much sugar was in this size of the Unicorn drink. I was shocked to learn!
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Venti has more sugar than:
- Entire bag of Hostess Powdered Donettes (75 grams of sugar). That is 20 donettes!
Four large scoops Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (72 grams of sugar).
29 Hershey’s Kisses (75 grams of sugar).
How Much Added Sugar is recommended each day?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that’s no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. The AHA recommendations focus on all added sugars, without singling out any particular types such as high-fructose corn syrup.
So, is choosing to put this amount of sugar a bad idea if you are interested in healthy aging? OF COURSE NOT, as long as you don’t drink it everyday like I used too.
But remember; it is about a balanced healthy diet. Obesity rates in America are still too high.
Occasionally, treat yourself to what you want on ‘that list‘. There’s room for all foods in a healthy diet, including the occasional fad frappe.
When I want a Unicorn drink, a drink with pretty colors, a refreshing drink I choose ‘Heidi’s Homemade, Heathy, Unicorn inspired Drink“.
This combination gives me productive energy and excellent hydration. It tastes great, it’s only 55 calories, it’s packed with vitamins and electrolytes and it costs me $1.35 per drink!
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To your Health!
I’ve been reading a lot about sugar. Wikipedia explains sugar as “Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. “
Healthaliciousness.com notes the top three foods with sugar are:
1) Sugar (Yikes, that’s profound. lol) and syrups.
2) Soft Drinks
3). Candies & Nougat (Almond Nougat)
So, if sugar is in so many foods what is the recommended daily amount?
“The World Health Organization is dropping its sugar intake recommendations from 10 percent of your daily calorie intake to 5 percent.
For an adult of a normal body mass index (BMI), that works out to about 6 teaspoons — or 25 grams — of sugar per day.
Many people don’t realize much of the sugar they take in are “hidden” in processed foods, according to WHO. A can of soda may contain up to 10 teaspoons or 40 grams of sugar. A tablespoon of ketchup has 1 teaspoon of sugar”. (source:cbsnews.com)
It’s interesting to me that the internet spouts artificial sugar as being unhealthy while there is significant evidence that SUGAR causes health situations such as Obesity, Diabetes, heart disease and so on.
“Sugar is not just an empty calorie, says, Robert Lustig; its effect on us is much more insidious. “It’s not about the calories,” he says. “It has nothing to do with the calories. It’s a poison by itself.”
If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.
So what are we supposed to do???? It’s Simple, and you’ve heard it before; MODERATION.
Just know that sugar is hidden in a lot of unsupecting foods. So if you intentionally choose a high SUGAR food or drink you need to understand where it is hidden, so you can avoid it or minimize it. Here’s my advice, get into the habit of eliminating known food sources with HIGH amounts of Sugar. Sugar can be hidden in Barbecue Sauce, Yogurt, Pasta Sauce, cereals or granola bars. (read the label for added sugar)
Watch your intake of foods and products made with refined grains, such as white bread or white rice, crackers, white potatoes and pasta, and choose unrefined (whole-grain) versions of these foods whenever possible.
Why watch the amount of sugar in your food and drink? It’s ADDICTIVE!
So, with the lab rats when given a choice of Sugar Water or Cocaine, they chose SUGAR WATER.
This is what I do to help decrease sugar in my diet:
I don’t drink soda I drink Spark.
I don’t eat cereal, I drink Meal Replacement Shakes.
I don’t drink sugary electrolyte drinks, I drink Rehydrate.
I don’t eat ‘white’ rice, potatoe or pasta, I eat 100% wheat or brown.
I eat fruits, vegetables and clean Protein.
BUT HEIDI THERE IS SUGAR IN FRUIT!!!!
Yes, I know! I eat fruit. If you have cut out ALL OTHER unhealthy sugar sources INCLUDING ALCOHOL and you feel like you still want to decrease the amount of sugar in your diet, THEN consider removing fruit.
By the way, between sugar water and cocaine I would choose sugar water too. Just thought you may be pondering that question, so there you go!
To Your Health!