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lemonade and ice creamVia: Eat This! Not That

Worst Bottled Lemonade?

Minute Maid Lemonade (20-ounce bottle)

250 calories

67 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 5 Good Humor Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Punishment: 60 minutes of vigorous housecleaning

Drink This Instead!

Crystal Light Pink Lemonade Hydration (16-ounce bottle)

10 calories

0 g sugars

Over the past 50 years or so, we Americans have developed a severe drinking problem.

We stopped making our own iced teas and lemonades (recipe: water, lemon, sugar) and started buying them in bottles or mixes, with ingredients like “high-fructose corn syrup” and “ascorbic acid” on the labels. We stopped thinking of a soda as a treat – akin to an ice cream or a candy bar – and started seeing it as the equivalent of a glass of water, drinking two, three, four, or more a day. Then we stopped drinking water out of the tap and started demanding that it be artificially flavored and put into bottled with the words “vitamin” or “energy” stamped on their labels. And, in just the last decade or so, many of us stopped brewing our own coffee and started buying things with vaguely European names, like “mocha latte.” And the result of all this beverage evolution is that, today, walking into a convenience store or a beverage distributorship has become dangerous to our health.

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