Those drinks from Starbucks are anything but good for you, filled with sugar, sugar, dairy, and more sugar. They are literally the antithesis of everything in my diet, and is a symbol of what’s wrong with our American diet. We don’t see sugar for the harmful and dangerous substance that it truly is.
I didn’t try the Unicorn, and I sure as heck won’t be trying the Mermaid. Why? Aside from the fact they are filled with sugar and dairy, they don’t appeal to me. I used to drink my sugar with coffee and cream, but now that I’ve weaned myself from the sugar addiction, the last thing I want is to drink anything that has sugar in it. Not just because it’s not good for me, but because I find any drink with artificial or even natural sweeteners to be far too sweet for my palate now.
One of the strange but welcome side-effects of having cut sugar from my diet is that I can taste the natural sweetness in many foods that I thought either had lost their sweetness or weren’t sweet at all. Strawberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, blueberries, and apples are among the foods I thought weren’t as sweet as they were in my childhood. Then I cut sugar out of my diet and I found that all those fruits (and more!) are just as sweet, if not sweeter than I remembered them to be. Plums? WOW! Even more amazing. All it took was for me to take added sugar out of my diet.
If you find strawberries and other fruits to be bland, it’s likely because your diet is filled with sugar and your tongue doesn’t register the natural sweetness anymore. It’s why Starbucks makes these sugar-saturated drinks. It’s what they need to do to keep you hooked on these liquid fat grenades.
I will pass on these (and the vast majority of) Starbucks drinks, and if you want to be healthy, I recommend you do the same.
3 thoughts on “Remember the Unicorn? Here comes the Mermaid!”
I saw that Unicorn drink everywhere, but haven’t heard of the Mermaid yet — sounds like it will be a big craze too if it’s colorful like the other one. I think a big selling point is that it’s insta-worthy. So much of our lives are documented and put on social media now that if something can make a pretty picture, then people are probably more likely to buy it. I am with you on not drinking them — absolutely no nutrition in lots of those Starbucks drinks.
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The “Old me” would be all over it. Sugar? Coffee? Crazy colors? What’s not to love! But the more I learn about how bad sugar is for us (especially our livers!), the less I want to have even a single drink. It’s frightening. I used to scoff at people who did sugar detox or cut sugar out of their diets, and now here I am; one of them. lol
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Lol I know what you mean! I still need to watch that documentary called Sugar, Inc. I think that’s the name. It came out kind of recently. But you mentioning ‘sugar detox’ really makes me want to watch it again! Hope you and your wife have a happy Mother’s Day :))