This McDonald’s drink is made with 4 pounds of sugar, ex-manager reveals – Eat This Not That

A former McDonald’s employee information disclosed about one of the chain’s most popular drinks that may make you think twice about sipping it again. In a TikTok Video which has gone viral, Nicole Weiser spilled the tea on the composition of ingredients that makes McDonald’s tea so sweet.

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The former Mickey D’s employee said: “I was a manager at a McDonald’s. I worked there for about three years.” She explained that they keep sweetened tea in a four-gallon red container and unsweetened tea in a green container the same size. “For every four gallons of the red jug, the sweetened tea, there was a four-pound bag full of sugar emptied into it,” Weiser divulged. “One pound per gallon of tea.” She admitted, “I quit drinking tea after realizing that. It’s mean.”

Many viewers of the video commented. One person said, “Knowing that something is really sweet is different from knowing exactly how much sugar it contains.” Another commenter wrote: ‘As Southerners…that’s why we love McDonald’s sweet tea.’

According to the nutritional information on McDonald’s website, a small cup of brewed sweet tea contains 100 calories and 24 grams of sugar. This amount of sugar is almost equivalent to the amount in a Snickers chocolate bar.

McDonald’s sweet tea ingredients include medium invert sugar. According to FDA, invert sugar is a liquefied solution of partially inverted or inverted, partially refined or refined sucrose. It is odorless, colorless and tasteless except for its sweetness.

Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can be harmful to your health. Mayo Clinic lists potential problems associated with added sugar consumption such as increased weight gain, increased triglyceride levels, and tooth decay. Moreover, the CDC states that too much sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To help you maintain a healthy diet, the FDA has implemented dietary guidelines for Americans, recommending that your total daily calories from added sugars remain below ten percent. This percentage is equivalent to 200 calories (50 grams) of added sugars per day for a 2,000 calorie daily diet.

Shaye Glisson

Shaye was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a freelance lifestyle/beauty/wellness writer and licensed cosmetologist with several years of writing experience. Read more

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