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Before you sip this "sugar free slurpee" can you guess how many calories are in it?

June 25, 2010 Other 9 Comments

slurpeedrink On a scorching hot day like today when the temperature is above 90 degrees, and the mugginess is unbearable, I can’t help but want an ice cold beverage or treat.

Since 7 Eleven was on my way home, I decided to run in and treat myself to a diet drink of some sort. I like to stick to water most of the week, but once in a while, diet root beer is just so tasty!

OK… so as I approached the double doors, a girl walked out sipping on a giant slurpee. Ooooo Slurpee… if only they had a guilt-free, sugar free one?

Wait! They do have one!!! The spinning slurpee machine offered “SUGAR-FREE BANANA STRAWBERRY CRYSTAL LIGHT”

Sold!!!

I grabbed a cup and started filling to the top! Of course I was all smiles as I skipped to the register with my treat. I paid the nice 7 Eleven guy and sipped my way out of there.

Two sips in and my mind started churning with thoughts… hmmmm… the crystal light packets that I dump in my water bottle contain zero calories, zero sugar and zero carbs. If this is a crystal light slurpee, then it should be somewhat close to the nutrition facts right? No more sips! Stop sipping until you know what’s going in your mouth Ghada!

Out came my Google phone and I voice commanded a search “7 Eleven crystal light slurpee calories

Here’s what I found… (not calorie free)

As you can see, for a 16 oz cup, a slurpee comes in at 80 calories.

This is still a great low cal treat, but I just wanted you to be aware that it’s not calorie free.

Enjoy it, but just factor it in to your day :)

Love,

Ghada

9 Comments

  1. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for pointing that out! Just an fyi though, most cyrstal light packets have 10 calories. Still practically nothing but not zero. ;-)

  2. steve says:

    wonder where the calories are coming from? sugar alcohol? that would still be listed as a carb…if there is 1g of carbs then thats a total of 4 calories??? hmm owell it tastes fantastic haha

  3. Carly says:

    OMG! Thank you! I just did strenuous cardio for 45 min & it certainly wasn’t so I could down something decadent with no nutritional value!!! And here I was feeling like id hit the jackpot… But ignorance is not bliss… Especially if it goes to your thighs!

  4. Stevie Mack says:

    Thanks for this post. I had been guilt free gulping down the large sugar free slurpee! The large is 3 pints. 1pint is 16 oz – so that’s 3×16 oz @ 80 calories per pint… a whopping 240 calories. OMG!! I’m done with these…or at least done with the large.

  5. Ron Fishell says:

    What sweetner do you use in your sugar free slurpee?

  6. sarah lambert says:

    My son is a type 1 diabetic on the insulin pump. I was so excited to see that they had a SUGAR FREE slurpy. In the morning when I tested his blood sugar, it was over 500!! With keytones!! He could have ended up in the hospital. Sugar free means carbohydrate free. No insulin needed. This is such false advertising and they are going to end up getting sued for this.

  7. Skippy says:

    Is it just me? Psychologically speaking, I tend to get what I’d call a “sugar-buzz” when I drink these. I’m thinking of taking glucose strips into the 7-11 and test whether or not these really are 1 carb. If 80 calories (+) then (as was said above) where DO those calories come from? Do sugar alcohols have calories? Isn’t 7-11 required to list that content as well? Maybe my brain just “thinks” it’s getting a sugar buzz – but my blood sugar would really like to know. I feel like that Seinfeld episode about fat-free yogurt! We need information!!

  8. kelly says:

    Hey! I just saw the official 7 Eleven website and it says they have 20 calories per 8 oz. So I am even happier now!! Go ahead and enjoy it!!

  9. Christine Hagan says:

    My daughter is type 1 diabetic and currently asking our dietician about these. These are not completely sugar free. The woman at our local store allowed me to check the packaging in the back. It does say sweetened with sucralose and Mannitol. Monnitol is a sugar alcohol that is poorly absorbed and does result in a small rise in blood sugars. There was no clear indication on how much mannitol is actually in these. I’m currently trying to find out. My daughter does have a slightly raised blood sugar after consuming the smallest child sized one. So before purchasing a XL ect keep in mind it will raise your blood sugars a bit.

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