Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale
A pretty package can often turn my head. And so as I was headed down the grocery store aisle for some diet Cokes, I saw this new product from Canada Dry, Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale. Now THAT sounded interesting ...
The two-liter bottle had a coupon attached and was just 99 cents, so I got one of those, but I also wanted to try this immediately, so I got a 20-ounce bottle as well. I took the 20-ounce drink to the office with me, and when I took a sip I had two thoughts: A) This stuff is good. B) This stuff is SWEET! I was sipping away when I suddenly realized I had assumed this was sugar-free, but because of all the sweetness it probably wasn't. That's when I looked for the first time at the nutrition label and realized that if I drank this whole bottle, it would be the sugar equivalent of drinking a couple of Snickers bars!
Now I like sugar. Sugar and I are old, old friends. But like a lot of people today, I'm trying to limit my sugar intake. And silly me, I see the words "ANTIOXIDANTS" and "GREEN TEA" on the (very lovely, by the way) label and think, well, antioxidants and green tea. You know, "healthy drink." Guess it might limit sales if they labeled this "Green Tea Ginger Ale Sugar Syrup." Now most of the time I don't even have as much as a single sugar cube in my tea. Can you imagine having a cup of tea with SIX sugar cubes in it? That's the equivalent of one serving from this 20-ounce bottle, which contains 2-1/2 servings of the drink and a whopping 60 grams of sugar. Chug the whole thing, as I imagine many (most?) will do, and you've consumed the equivalent of 15 Domino sugar cubes. So now I have a few questions for Canada Dry. What were they THINKING? The trend is toward lighter/healthier, not sweeter/more unhealthy. And second, why on earth didn't they make this a diet drink? Sorry for the rant, my friends, but I'm learning the hard way that we have to be on guard for folks who are trying to piggyback on the healthy reputation of our old friend tea.