Before you rush out the door to load up magically fluffy slush, you should know exactly what you are putting into your mouse because it is not as pretty as you may think. Here is broken down the anatomy of a Slurpee to reveal what kinds of chemicals, additives, and sugars you will really be enjoying when you drink this beverage.
You are probably smart enough to guess that Slurpees are full of sugar, but you might not realize that all varieties except for the sugar free one use corn syrup high in fructose as the leading sweetener—even those with fruit flavors. This means they are not only full of empty calories but also spike your blood glucose and fill your body with an added dose of processed ingredients.
In response to the ever growing obesity problem, companies began producing sugar free versions of their slurpees a year ago. A serving of their sugar free flavors only cost twenty calories but the bad news is that the aspartame used to sweeten this kind of drinks can be even worse for you than sugar.
If you go for Slurpees, do not forget that you are loading up on caffeine eight mg per eight ounces along with the sugar. This amount might not be a big deal if you are just drinking a kid’s size treat, but if you get a jumbo cup, or give it to your children, you will get seriously jacked up on the mix.
You will be horrified to know that certain Slurpee flavors are chock full of toxic artificial coloring. Company uses several different food dyes, but one of the most common is red 40 even those which are not red. It has been tied to reactions ranging from migraines and headaches to temper tantrums, dizziness, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, uncontrollable screaming and crying, nervousness, kicking, inability to sit still or concentrate in children.
Sodium benzoate is a flavor preservative added to most Slurpees that is a known carcinogen when combined with citric acid being in various flavors and has been shown to correlate with hyperactivity, according to a 2009 study.
Berry, citrus, cherry and other fruits abound in their flavors, but you never find a smidge of real fruit in Slurpees. It is all artificial that means yet another dose of chemicals to add to the murky mix.
Slurpees contain above mentioned tree bark extract that is used as an additive in many frozen and gelatinous foods and used as a foaming extract in some soft drinks. Although some studies indicate that it is safe in small amounts, its negative side effects could include stomach and intestinal disturbance, diarrhea, and it contains oxalates- chemicals that can lower blood calcium levels and cause kidney stones.
You will do best if you make a smoothie at home when you crave a frothy treat, or if it is inevitable, go and drink the free Slurpee today but then steer clear until next year.