12 Most Over-Sweetened Kids’ Drinks (Slideshow)
February 26, 2014
You may be surprised by some of these sugary sips
12. Chocolate Nesquick
Yes, chocolate milk is the healthiest drink on our list. While it has more sugar than a few of the other items, a lot of that comes from the sugar natural to milk. This drink has the added benefit of calcium and protein, and while your child doesn’t need a daily dose, they could certainly drink this on occasion.
11. Apple & Eve Big Bird's Apple Juice
“Just four ounces of apple juice has 60 calories without any beneficial fiber you get from eating a whole apple,” Dr. Verma says. Natural doesn’t always mean good for you — this drink has organic-looking packaging, but that doesn’t mean the contents are good for your kids.
10. Motts for Tots Apple Juice
While this technically has less sugar than Apple & Eve’s product, that’s because water is the first ingredient, juice is the second. You can save money and achieve the same effect by watering down your own juice at home.
9. Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness
This technically has the lowest amount of sugar on the list, but still contains 10 grams, which is about the same as half a candy bar.
8. Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red
We loved the commercials as kids, but this punch is really just a blend of water and high fructose corn syrup.
7. SunnyD (3 percent juice)
At 3 percent juice, SunnyD is about as real as Miley Cyrus’s nose.
6. Hawaiian Punch Berry Limeade Blast
When the word “blast” is in the title, the drink is probably not going to be a nutritional powerhouse. This kids’ drink is packed with 17 grams of high fructose corn syrup-laden carbohydrates.
5. Hi-C Orange Lavaburst
The same goes for terms like “Lavaburst” — probably a good bet that it’s not super healthy, and this one certainly isn’t, weighing in at 21 grams of sugar.
While these slick foil pouches look cool on the playground, just eight ounces contains more sugar than a Twinkie.
3. MinuteMaid Fruit Punch (5 percent juice)
“Boxed drinks can be unsafe. If any air gets into it while packaging, that gives way for mold to grow,” Dr. Verma says. Even with that ick factor aside, this drink is packed full of blood sugar-spiking sweetness.
2. Kool-Aid Jammers — Blue Raspberry
Yikes! At 25.33 grams of sugar per eight ounces, this packs more sweetness than a full-size Hershey chocolate bar.
1. Nesquick Strawberry Milk
Chocolate milk? Bad but not super bad. Strawberry milk, on the other hand? At 29.59 grams of sugar per eight-ounce glass, this drink packs more sugar than eight Chips Ahoy cookies. Would you let your kid eat eight cookies in one sitting? This is the nutritional equivalent.