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Is Arnold Palmer Bad For You?

Also Known As: lemonade and iced tea



Short answer

Arnold Palmer, in moderation, is fine to consume. We recommend you make your Arnold Palmer fresh from home, as restaurant and store-bought brands contain excess amounts of sugar.



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Long answer

Arnold Palmer is a drink named after the popular American golfer of the same name. The drink, which contains half iced tea and half lemonade, was developed in 1960 and has gained increasing popularity over the past few decades; it is commonly sold in many grocery stores and restaurants today. 

Arnold Palmer is a healthier alternative to soft drinks or plain lemonade because it includes a significant amount of iced tea, which is known to offer notable health benefits. Black and green teas, which are commonly used in Arnold Palmers, are an excellent source of antioxidants and can ward against cavities and gum disease. However, beware of Arnold Palmer drinks that contain sweetened ice tea, as they can contain harmful amounts of sugar and may negate any oral benefits. 

Lemonade is the unhealthier part of Arnold Palmer due to its excess amount of sugar, which can cause an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. On the flip side, lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, and may help to boost the immune system. 

All in all, Arnold Palmer is fine to drink in moderation. It generally contains less sugar and harmful chemicals / preservatives than other soft drinks because it includes only natural iced tea and lemonade - this is especially true if you make it yourself from home using fresh ingredients. 

Possible short-term side effects

  • increased blood sugar

Possible long-term side effects

  • weight gain
  • diabetes

Ingredients to be aware of


  • good source of antioxidants
  • good source of vitamin c
  • may help boost the immune system
  • short-term boost of energy

Healthier alternatives

  • make it fresh from home using natural ingredients
  • unsweetened iced tea, skip the lemonade
  • water, of course

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Just Ice Tea & Lemonade

  • Organic ingredients
  • Refreshing blend
  • Kosher certified
  • Convenient 16oz size
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Written by Shaylie F
Published on: 01-01-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Shaylie F
Published on: 01-01-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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