7 Famous Fast-Food Beverages & Their Shocking Sugar Content

We'd rather sip on iced water for the rest of our lives.

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21 June 2017

10 Famous Fast-Food Beverages & Their Shocking Sugar Content

Sugar has a bad reputation in food and you probably try your best to avoid it.

For instance: You go to your favourite fast food joint and you’ve promised yourself to stay away from those greasy burgers and fizzy drinks so you choose a Frappuccino, a shake or a cocktail fruit juice — healthy (and brave), right? Not really.

It turns out that colas are only the face of 'sugary drinks' label. In reality, almost all fast-food chains serve drinks that are way more harmful than a can of Coca-Cola. According to the company's UK website, there’s 35g of sugar per 100ml of Coca-Cola Classic, that’s nothing when compared to some pretty famous coffee chains out there.

These neon-coloured beverages sure taste refreshing and look great in pictures but they often pack three times the amount of sugar that the FDA recommends daily.

To give you a clearer idea about how much sugar your favourite drinks contain, Business Insiderhas put together an eye-opening series of visuals in which 1 sugar cube represents 2.3 grammes of sugar.

The pictures show the largest size available at each chain. We’ve selected our favourites ones below and let’s just say – we’d rather devour a burger than sip on one of these. But that’s just us. You can always order smaller sizes and order wisely when you're in one of these places.

1. Starbucks Sweetened Iced Coffee

Total grammes of sugar: 30

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 60%

Starbucks Sweetened Iced Coffee

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2. McDonald's Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Total grammes of sugar: 72

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 144%

McDonald's Mango Pineapple Smoothie

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3. Frozen Dunkin' Coffee With Milk

Total grammes of sugar: 125

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 250%

Frozen Dunkin' Coffee With Milk

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4. Dunkin' Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta

Total grammes of sugar: 174

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 348%

Dunkin' Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta

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5. McDonald's Sweet Tea

Total grammes of sugar: 38

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 76%

McDonald's Sweet Tea

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6. Shake Shack Shack-made Lemonade

Total grammes of sugar: 59

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 118%

Shake Shack Shack-made Lemonade

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7. Burger King Frozen Fanta Cherry Ice

Total grammes of sugar: 65

Percent of FDA recommended daily intake: 130%

Burger King Frozen Fanta Cherry Ice

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