Hi-C Poppin’ Lemonade
One 6.75fl oz juice box of Hi-C Poppin’ Lemonade has 26 grams of sugar. In such a tiny kid-sized box it has 7 grams more sugar than a Krispy Kreme chocolate iced custard filled donut.
Zevia Mountain Zevia, the “All Natural Soda”
If your kids just can’t live without a daily dose of soda try handing them this carbonated alternative. With zero grams of sugar it blows out regular soda drinks like Mountain Dew that contains 31 grams of sugar in a single can.
Lakewood Organic Cranberry Blend
100% fresh pressed juice, a mix of organic cranberries, apples and grapes. This natural blend has 20 grams of sugar in an 8oz serving, compare that to 8oz’s of Minute Maid’s Cran-Grape that holds a hefty 38 grams of sugar.
Stevita’s Fruit Flavored Powdered Drink Mixes
Available in fun flavors like lime, cherry, grape, orange and strawberry, this tasty substitute has zero grams of sugar and is a perfect option for kids who love sweet summer-time drinks. So ditch the fat smiling Kool-Aid man and save your kids16 grams of sugar that his 20 oz cherry mix comes with.
A natural, calorie & sugar free unsweetened sparkling water refreshment that doesn’t skimp on flavor. With a wide variety of flavors like blackberry, watermelon, strawberry-kiwi and peach it’s no wonder this drink won this year’s Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award. Water may always seem like the winning choice, but some other “water” products like Vitamin Water Focus in kiwi-strawberry packs in 33 grams of sugar in just one 20 fl oz bottle.
Zico Pomberry Coconut Water
Seen as a healthier alternative to a sports drink this berry and pomegranate mix has 12 grams of sugar in one 14 fl oz bottle unlike the popular Gatorade’s G Series Recover that also holds 40 grams of sugar in one 16.9 fl oz bottle. Coconut water naturally contains electrolytes that are lost during a good sweat session and contains almost 15 times more potassium than the Gatorade G series beverage.
You won't give your child Pixy Stixs or Tootsie Rolls for breakfast, right? But some juices contain an astonishing amount of sugar --some the equivalent of a handful of candy. Here are some of the worse back-to-school beverages that may --or may not --make it past this year’s health-hall monitors.