Ah, Starbucks. We’ve been cultured to avoid pop like the plague because of its super high sugary content, but I bet you’ve never thought to cut out this famous coffee company. You may not know, but Starbucks’ signature drinks contain an outrageous amount of sugar and calories. Some even more than pop.
We’ve done the investigative work for you and laid out some of the most popular Starbucks drinks. All the data is for venti (large) with 2% milk — the standard as it shows on Starbucks’ webpage.
Ah, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The most popular and hyped Starbucks drink for fall. It’s calorie count is equivalent to almost four cans of Coke! The delicious whipped cream on the top is itself a 70 calorie killer. While pumpkin spice may be all the craze, you might want to rethink getting the latte.
Who knew something as innocent as vanilla could be so murderous to your waistline? Besides the sugars of more than three Oh Henry! bars, it also contains a whopping 50% of your daily saturated fat intake!
We’ve all heard about green tea’s superfood level of goodness, and its magical metabolism boosting properties, but this green tea latte is not going to help you burn those calories. At 71 grams of sugar, you’re packing in a lot of sugar that will just be stored as fat.
Another seasonal favourite from Starbucks is the Chocolate Chai Latte. Chocolate and cinnamon, what’s not to love? The sugar count on this one is yet another outrageously high number. It’s the same amount in three Mars bars!
This mouthwatering sounding drink (salted caramel people!) comes in at the highest calorie count on this list. Eating this gives you the same calories as eating a quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald’s; an entire meal’s worth of calories. And, wait for it, more sugar than in three Kit Kat chocolate bars.
If you’re one to avoid donuts because you’re afraid they’ll make you fat, watch out for the Caramel Macchiato. Just one has the equivalent calorie count as an entire donut, and even more sugar.
Looking at the calorie count here, it looks tame, right? But think again. 49g of sugar is 12 teaspoons of sugar. To put that into perspective, how many teaspoons of sugar do you regularly add into your tea? One?
It’s just a drink right? You must be thinking, “Where do all the calories come from??” The answer is this: syrups and milk. One cup of milk (8oz) is 130 calories. A venti size at Starbucks is 20oz.
The flavoured syrups are what Starbucks uses to transform your regular latte into a Pumpkin Spice latte. They’re approximately 40 calories per pump, and there are usually 4 pumps in a flavoured latte. It may make your drink taste heavenly, but that’s a heck of a lot of sugar.
Our conclusion? Starbucks is a treat, just as is a donut or a slice of cake. It’s absolutely alright, even encouraged, to have a drink once in a while. But don’t be downing Starbucks everyday, because that could just be the reason your jeans fit a little tighter these days!
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