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Why You Shouldn't Drink the Lemonade From This Popular Fast Food Chain

It may taste fresh, but it’s not!
chick-fil-a drink and fry box

There are lots of health reasons to avoid large amounts of sugar. Too much can cause acne, digestive issues, cavities, high blood pressure, and more. And while you may think some foods are low in it, things like peanut butter, lemonade, sauces, breakfast bars, and salad dressings can sneakily contain added sugars.

The cat is out of the bag for the lemonade from a popular fast-food chain, too. In a now-deleted TikTok video, a restaurant employee shows themselves pouring a giant pitcher of sugar into the drink. According to Mashed, the caption said, "'This is how much sugar they put in the lemonade at Chick-fil-A,' along with a queasy-face emoji."

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The restaurant lists the ingredients for the drink as simply water, sugar, and lemon juice, but they don't list the specific quantities. Looking at the nutrition information, though, shows just how much sugar is added. A small lemonade contains 130 calories. It also has 31 g of sugar. That's the same amount as three Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.

A medium-size lemonade has 51 g of sugar, which is almost the same amount as a 16 oz bottle of Coca-Cola. A large not only has 74 g of sugar but also 15 mg of sodium and 300 calories. And just because the ingredients list is short doesn't mean there aren't any carbs in there too. A large has a whopping 78 g.

If enjoying a tangy and sweet drink with your chicken is essential, the diet lemonade is a better choice. A small only has 6 g of sugar, while the medium has 10 g and the large has 15 g.

Over 2.6 million people watched the video before it was removed. As Mashed reports, seeing the amount of sugar is in the regular drink has deterred some of those people. One commented, "Just another reason not to eat there," while another said, "I'm gon have to find another drink then."

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda McDonald is a health and food writer and a certified yoga instructor. Read more