Drink Holiday Beverage

Published on December 24th, 2013 | by Mary Gerush

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How Much Sugar Lurks In Your Favorite Holiday Drink?

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Sugar In Your Holiday Beverage

Wanna’ drop by Starbucks for a Gingerbread Latte? Before you do — heads up! A large cup of that tasty holiday beverage contains 47 grams of sugar. Seriously.

HuffPost Healthy Living’s original video series, Unreal Eats, crafted a quick video showing how a variety of retail holiday drinks stack up in sugar content. Are you a fan of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Red Velvet Latte? 68 grams of sugar are coming your way. Happy to enjoy a Jamba Juice Eggnog Jubilee? 96 grams of sugar will enter your body.

By the way, the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 6 teaspoons (about 24 grams of sugar) a day and men no more than 9 teaspoons (about 36 grams). Sugar has been linked to many ugly conditions, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and headaches.

We all deserve some holiday cheer! But before you choose to indulge, watch this quick video, so you can drink up with your eyes wide open.

Check out these posts for festive drinks you can make at home (where you can control your own sugar content):

My favorite holiday beverage is mulled red wine. What’s yours? Oh, and happy holidays!

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !



  • AEM

    My favorite is Salted Caramel Mocha but I’ve been sticking with Caffe Americanos. Sigh. (I do sip from my hubby’s Salted Caramel Mocha, though!)

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