I am originally from Colorado, but have lived in the South for close to 14 years. Anyone who has lived in the South for as long as I have is very familiar with two drinks; Coke and Sweet Tea. I know some people who won't even go to a restaurant that doesn't serve one of these. Yes, it's that serious. If you are someone (like me) who is not willing to completely eliminate coke or sweet tea from their beverages, you can at least be informed on which is the lesser of the two evils.
Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup
Sweet Tea (8oz)
Sweetener: table sugar
The verdict? I don't know about you, but I would reach for the glass of Sweet Tea. It has almost 1/5 of the calories and about 1/2 the sugar. The kicker? All natural ingredients. There is a lot of debate right now on the harm (etc.) of High Fructose Corn Syrup, but the fact is that sugar is natural and HFCS is highly processed. If given the option, I will always opt for the more natural, less processed choice. Not surprisingly, our bodies handle natural foods much better. But, I digress...this is another post for another day.
Please know that I am by no means encouraging anyone to drink either of these drinks. I do however, want you to be informed on what is in them. If you get a hankering for a sweet drink, make a good choice!