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Don’t Feed Your Kids McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade

Don’t Feed Your Kids McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade
May 24, 2011 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

With summer coming on, a cold frosty lemonade from McDonald’s may sound refreshing and evoke some pleasant childhood memories but let me warn you, this is not your Mom’s lemonade.

McDonald’s Strawberry LemonadeĀ is just another common example of how the food industry is poisoning our kids with sugar.Ā 

Just check out the carbĀ numbers.

  • 24 grams of carbs – Homemade lemonade with 2 tablespoons of sugar per glass.
  • 40 grams of carbs – 16 Oz “Small” Coke at McDonald’s (1 can of Coke is 12 oz)
  • 68 grams of carbs – 16 Oz Strawberry Lemonade at McDonald’s

Remember, I recommend that adult’s should be consuming less than 100 grams of carbohydrates per day with complete avoidance of fructoseĀ to maintain your health.Ā 

A big portion of the sugar inĀ McDonald’s StrawberryĀ LemonadeĀ is metabolized into fructose.Ā  Fructose seems to be specificallyĀ responsible for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and gout and is a major contributor to insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Kids should probably have their carbohydrate intake limited to less than 50 grams per day total.Ā  This drink, which is probably consumed with a quarter pounder (37 grams of carbs)Ā and fries (48 grams of carbs), simply overloads their metabolism and in my opinion is equivalent to poisoning.

Do your kids a favor and avoid fast food altogether.Ā  It’s destroying your kid’s liver and altering their metabolism for the rest of theirĀ life.

When it’s hot outside, offer them ice water or iced tea.Ā  It’s more refreshing and won’t hurt their bodies.


  1. Cheryl Kerr-Hodgkinson 9 years ago

    Tried it a few weeks ago, ICKY!

  2. Sam Rudman 9 years ago

    Hi Patrick,
    I hope you and Jean are well. I’m staying below 100 grams a day and still feel great. Thanks again for your advice.
    All the best,

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