In the unlikely case that you are craving a Slurpee today, you might be interested to know that the unhealthy convenience store, 7-Eleven, is rolling out a new low-cal line of these brain-freezing drinks–just in time for summer. Even with only 20 calories, the problem is, they are still really gross for you.
Dubbed as Slurpee Lite, the loc-cal semi-frozen drink is made with Splenda instead of sugar. It’s like switching out one bad ingredient for another, just so consumers can somehow feel better about slurping these drinks down.
And even though they have fewer calories than the traditional Slurpee, they are still pretty gross. What’s really in a Slurpee anyway? Well, according to their website, the main ingredients are: water, dextrin, erythritol, citric acid, natural flavors, potassium benzoate, quillaia extract, sucralose, yucca extract, yellow 6 and yellow 5. Aside from water, there is nothing healthy (or pronounceable) in there.
Nevertheless, 7-Eleven plans to target 20-something females with their new marketing slogan: “All flavor. No sugar.” To boost sales even more, the convenience store plans to “SlurpFree Day” on May 23 where you can try your very own Slurpee for free.
But nutritionist Neal Barnard, adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University told USA Today that we should beware:
Now it’s just a different kind of junk food. This should not be mistaken as any kind of corporate responsibility. They’re just trying to sell you the same stuff in a different package.
He goes on to say:
Slurpee had zero nutritional value then, and it has zero nutritional value now.
We agree. If you really want an ice-cold fruity drink, how ’bout whipping up your own smoothie instead? Use fresh fruits, almond milk and ice, and you have a delicious treat, that truly is healthy for you, without the chemicals.