Why Dunkin Donuts Refreshers Aren’t Healthy

If you look at the Dunkin Donuts Refreshers menu, you’ll find that these iced beverages are heavily marketed as good-for-you drinks, made with B vitamins and energy from green tea. However, if you carefully examine the Dunkin Donuts Refreshers’ ingredients and nutritional value, you’ll discover these drinks are just sugar water (among other unhealthy ingredients) in disguise. 

Dunkin Donuts Refreshers Menu

Dunkin Donuts Refreshers Menu

The Dunkin Donuts Refreshers menu offers two flavors, Peach Passion Fruit and Strawberry Dragon Fruit, and other seasonal flavors from time to time. As fun and fruity as the names of these beverages sound, they are overly caffeinated and filled with artificial flavors and sugars (We’re looking at you Dunkin Frozen Coffee and Dunkin Coolatta). Yuck.

Dunkin Donuts Refreshers Ingredients

Dunkin Donuts Refreshers Ingredients

Let’s take the two signature Dunkin’ drinks and break them down by ingredients.

Note: The only difference between the two Dunkin Donuts Refreshers is that one is made with a dragon fruit flavored concentrate, and the other is made with a peach passion fruit concentrate. Otherwise, these drinks are identical. 

  • Brewed Green Tea: We can’t complain about green tea as it does have antioxidant properties. However, the rest of the ingredients in the drink overshadow the health benefits that green tea offers.
  • Peach Passion Fruit Flavored Concentrate: We would be surprised if a peach was seen in the making of this chemical concoction. If this were pure peach juice, this would be a different story (and an entirely different healthy drink)
  • Dragonfruit Flavored Concentrate: The actual fruit, dragonfruit, was not involved in this ingredient as it is a sugar-laced flavored concentrate
  • Water: No complaints here.
  • Sugar: We’ll go over sugar content in a bit, but if you are looking for a healthy drink…this just isn’t it!
  • Natural Flavors: Although the word, “natural”, is used, this is a vague ingredient, and not entirely sure what this entails.
  • Citric Acid: If they wanted this drink to be healthy, they should have used a lemon. Citric acid has lemon-like origins, but it is ultimately a preservative.
  • Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color: Another vague ingredient, and we’re unsure what fruits or vegetables were used in the making of this drink. However, compared to previously mentioned ingredients, this one isn’t too terrible.
  • Vitamins: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Green Tea Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), D-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12). 

We applaud these vitamins being in a drink, especially from a fast-food chain. However, these good-for-you ingredients are unfortunately overshadowed by the sugars, artificial flavors, and preservatives found throughout the drink. 

Breakdown: Dunkin Donuts Refreshers Calories

When you take a deep dive into the nutritional information of this drink, you’ll start to notice it doesn’t have very many health properties after all. With the exception of a few nutrients sprinkled throughout, these Dunkin Donuts Refreshers appear to look more like a Red Bull instead of a Vitamin Water. Their sugar content is eerily similar to that of a candy bar, and their caffeine content will have you buzzing for an hour or so before you come crashing down.

Small Peach Passion Fruit

  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 0
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 0
  • Sugars: 18g
  • Protein: 0
  • Vitamin D: 0
  • Calcium 8 mg
  • Iron: 0mg
  • Potassium: 16mg
  • Caffeine: 66mg

Small Strawberry Dragonfruit

  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 0
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 20g
  • Protein:0
  • Vitamin D: 0
  • Calcium: 8mg
  • Iron: 0
  • Potassium: 16mg
  • Caffeine: 66mg

Does Dunkin Donuts Refresher have caffeine? 

Dunkin Donuts Refreshers

Dunkin Donuts Refreshers caffeine content is similar to that of one to two cups of coffee, depending on the size of the drink you get. A small Dunkin’ Refresher averages about 66 mg of caffeine, 99mg for a medium, and 132 mg for a large. The good news is, however, none of these numbers are alarming and fall within the 100 to 200 mg of caffeine that is recommended for daily consumption

As much as you love the sound of a healthy drink packed with vitamins, this drink has its downsides, making it a less than optimal choice to quench your thirst. Next time, instead of ordering one of Dunkin Donuts Refreshers, opt for any of these ten healthy drinks or a Dunkin iced coffee that won’t give you a sugar crash.

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