Wendy’s Promotion for Diabetes Urges Drinking Sugar-Loaded Frosty’s

Wendys - fail-owned-wendys-fail-260x300 I generally shun trite metaphors, but this news from Wendy's, the fast food outlet, really takes the cake! (Or should I say Frosty's?)

First a quick background is in order. If you've read my book SUGAR SHOCK!, you'll know that numerous medical studies conclude that consuming too many refined sweets and refined carbs could lead to obesity, cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Which is why cutting back on sugar is a good idea.

But a promotion at Wendy's restaurants in the Austin, Texas area came up with an alternate idea — eat more sugar to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),  which is dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. an autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood.

Let's face it: Sugar isn't nutritionally ideal for people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Even so, as this press release points out, Pisces Foods, which owns and operates 31 Wendy's restaurants in Austin, Texas, raised more than $72,000 this year for the JDRF by encouraging people to buy coupon books to get low-priced, sugar-loaded Frosty's. (Pisces Foods has donated $700,000 since 1996.)

Hey, I'm all for raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but is behaving as "sugar pushers" the ethical, smart way to collect enough money for a donation?

Specifically, the Wendy's franchise collected $72,00 through a one-month promotion in which customers at participating Austin-area Wendy`s restaurants could purchase a Frosty Coupon Book for $1.

The idea was to get customers to down not one, but four of these sweet beverages. "Each book included four (4) coupons, good for either a Free Small Frosty or $1 off any Frosty product, including Wendy`s new Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty and Frosty-Cino," the press release continues.

This next part saddens me: "Customers have been very excited about the value of the Frosty Coupon Book, where for only $1.00 they receive four (4) free Frosty`s. Proceeds from the sale of each coupon book went to the JDRF."

So why am I so aghast? Well, try this on for size. As a PDF from Wendy's website reveals, one small Chocolate Frosty contains 320 calories and 41 grams of sugar or about 10.25 teaspoons. And a large one has a whopping 510 calories and 79 grams of sugar or 19.75 teaspoons of sugar.

Now, to be fair, this isn't the first food company or beverage manufacturer to peddle sugary items to raise money for a charitable cause, but this one caught my attention, thanks to my buddy James Hahn, II, a fellow life coach and former sugar addict.

Golly, I just can't help but feel quite frosty about this irresponsible fundraising effort.

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Connie Bennett is the bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House), one or both of which have been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and many others. Connie is now dedicated to discovering and sharing fast, super-simple, science-based secrets to Crush Your Cravings. (Her renewed interest in this topic began in late 2012, when she was walloped by Crazy Carb Cravings after losing her mother . She is now completing her next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go™ and creating the companion Crush Your Cravings System.

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3 thoughts on “Wendy’s Promotion for Diabetes Urges Drinking Sugar-Loaded Frosty’s

  1. Actually, sugar has nothing to do with Type 1 Diabetes. You’re correct in saying that “Sugar isn’t nutritionally ideal for people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.” But that can really be said for the entire population, not just diabetics. That being said, I congratulate Wendy’s on choosing a very high selling item to attempt to raise money for TYPE 1 Diabetes (JDRF researches Type 1 not Type 2). And all Type 1’s know, that eating sugar is a normal, daily routine…not something that is restricted as in decades past. So maybe you should be congratulating Wendy’s for all the money they’ve raised, instead of dogging them.

  2. As the mother of a 10 year old Type I Diabetic, I agree with Kristen. My daughter’s sugar intake isn’t restricted, just regulated. Also, she has to count carbs, not sugars. If I can take her out for a treat, and have the proceeds to go research to cure this disease, which has NOTHING to do with her lack of exercise (she plays soccer and swims regularly) or her diet (she is a great eater and loves salads, veggies and fruits), and we’re not feeding them to her every day, what’s the big deal? Kudos for Wendy’s for caring enough to even take this-and all of the criticism-on!

  3. I could not agree more with Kristen. As a mother of a type 1 diabetic- I applaud Wendys! We just bought $25 worth of coupon books today! Every penny goes towards the cause!Thank you Wendys!