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.