Yesterday when I was out with the family and decided to get some lunch I needed something to drink. I decided to get myself one of these. I was in need of a sugar hit and felt that this would be perfect – and I was right!
You’re probably looking at this and thinking “But that’s healthy”. It’s green tea with a bit of mango. Fruit and green tea are good right?
The first thing I did (after having a mouthful because I really needed that sugar hit) was look at the ingredients list.
Ingredients: Water, Sucrose, Fructose, Mango Juice from Concentrate (4.8%), Green Tea Powder (0.15%), Food Acid (330), Antioxidant (300), Flavour, Black Tea Powder (0.01%).
Let’s see in the first FOUR ingredients (remember that they list ingredients from most to least) are three types of sugar in the form of sucrose, fructose and juice concentrate. Really, this is no healthier than drinking a can of coke. Actually the GG pointed out that if I had purchased a coke from McDonalds, it is a mixture of post mix (syrup) and soda water. It would possibly have been better for me.
Let’s look at the nutritional panel now
Sugars come in at 30g. Remembering that 4g = 1 teaspoon that makes about 71/2 teaspoons of sugar in water. Add in a bit of green tea powder (what is that anyway?) and you can see how companies are misleading the consumers of today.
A much cheaper and healthier alternative would be to brew your own green tea at home. Wait until it cools and then throw it in the blender with some mango or pulp up the mango and sieve it to get some juice. No added sugars and all natural.