A wild cherry slush may seem like a harmless treat on a hot day, but its sugar content can drive the calorie content up.
A 20-ounce slush contains 330 calories, according to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate. All of these calories come from sugar, making it a carbohydrate-heavy drink that provides no nutritional value.
Carbohydrates from Sugar
According to MyPlate, a 20-ounce Wild Cherry Slush contains 84 grams of carbohydrates from its sugar content. The American Heart Association suggests you consume no more than 24 grams of added sugar daily if you're a woman or 36 grams per day if your a man. The sugar in a slush is equal to 18 to 24 teaspoons of sugar.
If you're looking for that slush rush but are concerned about the sugar spike you'll inevitably experience — and the empty calorie intake to boot — consider getting the 12 ounce version instead with 50 grams of carbohydrates instead and splitting it in half, saving part of it for another day.
A Healthier Alternative
To save yourself all the excess sugar and empty calories from a cherry slush, why not opt for frozen cherries instead? Look for ones without any added sugar, and they'll only set you back 71 calories if you eat a whole cup. And that one-cup serving also contains 17 grams of carbs and practically no fat.
Plus, cherries are loaded with antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation in the body and may help prevent certain types of cancer. Cherries are also helpful in post-workout recovery and helping you get better sleep.
More About MyPlate
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