The Boston Business Journal reported that Honey Dew Donuts, the Dunkin Donuts knockoff, has teamed up with the energy drink maker Red Bull to offer spiked lemon and strawberry smoothies. With 58 grams of sugar in the 24 ounce strawberry concoction, it is a real bargain – about 2.5 grams of sugar per ounce! I don’t know if the sugar count includes the Red Bull glucose, sucrose and inositol, which incidentally is effective in treating depression. When I see the word glucose, I immediately think of a glucose drip. Can you picture a patient hooked up to a glucose drip with a Red Bull logo on the bag? 58 grams of sugar or about 14 teaspoon fulls is more than most people need in a day and add a shot of Red Bull and one really might grow wings and who knows what else. Red Bull also contains caffeine and taurine, an amino acid that occurs naturally in fish, meat and breast milk according to Katherine Zeratsky a nutritionist affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic. When I hear it, I think of mayonnaise, a word I cannot spell, and a product not often associated with a healthy diet.
Ok, so this Red Bull smoothie doesn’t sound like the healthiest choice, but compared to the 24 ounce Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Coolatta, which contains 85 grams of sugar, it is. And if it’s true that America is hooked on Dunkin, it should come as no surprise that Americans are so obese.