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McDonald's Sweet Tea

Unsweetened iced tea and many herbal, black and green teas have numerous health benefits (most are rich in antioxidants). Those are great.

But the canned or bottled versions and the sweetened teas you find at most restaurants are ones you have to watch out for.

McDonald's offers a large Sweet Tea for a little over a dollar.

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Unsweetened iced tea and many herbal, black and green teas have numerous health benefits (most are rich in antioxidants). Those are great.

But the canned or bottled versions and the sweetened teas you find at most restaurants are ones you have to watch out for.

McDonald's offers a large Sweet Tea for a little over a dollar.

It contains 160 calories and 38 grams of sugar. Since unsweetened black tea contains no sugar, it's safe to assume all 38 grams of sugar are of the "added" variety. 

So a large McDonald's Sweet Tea, alone, exceeds the AHA's recommended limit of 36 grams of added sugar per day for men.

Drinking that much sugar so quickly wreaks havoc on your blood sugar, leading to crashes in the near term and increasing your risk of negative health consequences such as obesity and high blood pressure.

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