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I was on Facebook the other day and saw fellow blogger Karen Anderson posted a link about McDonald’s new drink for kids. I opened the link and read the post. Absolutely unbelievable.
It seems that McDonald’s is introducing a new drink, called Fruitizz, as a way for kids to help meet their requirements of fruits for the day.
The article I read quoted McDonald’s President Jill McDonald saying,
“We are thrilled to be unveiling Fruitizz, a refreshing fizzy fruit juice drink that will help parents give children one of their five-a-day. For the past three years, we have been working hard behind the scenes to create a fizzy drink that is unlike anything else currently available in high street restaurants. We tried and tested 80 formulations in order to create the right product that delivers nutritional benefit as well as a new, exciting taste.”
Like so many things in life – if it seems too good to be true then it probably is, and this is no exception. Turns out that a 250 ml cup (or about a small size) has about 25 grams of sugar and about 100 calories. That in no way is a healthy drink for kids (or any of us) and that much sugar is ridiculous.
Some other foods have the following amounts of sugar:
- 12 ounce Coke – 39 grams, 140 calories
- Regular size Snicker bar – 30 grams, 280 calories
- One Pop-Tart – 17 grams, 200 calories
- Eggo Waffles, plain – 2 grams, 180 calories
- Apple, 1 cup slices -11 grams, 57 calories
- Cantaloupe, 1 cup – 13 grams, 54 calories
There are so many better choices for our kids (and ourselves) than fizzy drinks that are disguised as “healthy.”
Although we cannot lay the obesity crisis on McDonald’s doorstep, these kinds of messages really can be confusing to people. Although those of us that are interested in healthy living know that a Fruitizz drink for kids is not the ideal choice, I guarantee you that there are those people who honestly do not know that. Every time I teach a class or counsel someone on losing weight, I’m surprised at what they do not know. Basic things like what is a whole grain, whether a fruit popscicle is the same as a piece of fruit, that skim milk has no fat, or that skinless chicken is leaner than a fried hamburger.
These types of promotions from restaurants that people know and trust can be detrimental to the obesity crisis and to the health of our children. I wrote McDonald’s through their contact page and I’d encourage you to do the same. Let them know we are not fooled and it is not okay to mislead unsuspecting parents and children too young to understand.
What’s your take on these types of unhealthy foods and drinks that are advertised as “healthy?” Diane