Monday, July 10, 2006

Who wants to be a diabetic?

If you're like me, you've had a hankering for smoothies lately, thanks to an onslaught of Dunkin' Donuts commercials featuring the music of always-delightful They Might Be Giants. Oh, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't actually touch one of these disgusting, sugar-laden monstrosities with a 10 foot pole. (Although it has inspired me to start making my own at home.)

When curiosity got the best of me, I finally looked up the Dunkin Donuts smoothie nutrition facts online. 360 calories and 70 grams of sugar each! Holy shit are you kidding me? For a quick reference, that's the same amount of sugar in Dairy Queen's new Caramel Chip Cheesecake blizzard!

Compare that to the homemade version at 250 calories and 33 grams of sugar,* which includes lowfat yogurt, banana, blueberries/strawberries, and a handful of ice. When I split that with The Mister it comes to a cool 125 cals each. Because, Christ... Who needs 16 ounces of smoothie?!

*Mostly coming from naturally occurring fruit sugars


Anney EJ said...

that's more than a little ridiculous... because the mocha latte w. nonfat milk (my personal drink of choice lately) is only 180 calories w. 35 grams of sugar... and people probably think they are being more healthy by ordering a smoothie!

Meechity said...

I hate when chains de-healithify foods and sell them based on mystique.

Other examples are: Arby's Marketfresh Sandwiches, Jimmy John's Veggie Sub. Suffice to say they are both their respective menus' highest in fat, sodium, and calories by FAR. It's very misleading.

It's funny to hear wives berating husbands for ordering a burger and fries, while they suck down their sugar-laden smoothies and nosh on preservative-laden sandwich facsimilies.

litelysalted said...

You really have to be savvy to order "healthy" food when dining out at a chain establishment. All they care about is making a buck, even if they have to mislead to do so. Ruby Tuesdays has veggie burgers that top out at almost 1000 calories and over 50 grams of fat. How the fuck is that even possible? I mean, do they actually inject them with fat?? It's sad to think that there are people ordering this stuff, thinking they're doing themselves a service. Fucking corporations.