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Starbucks Is Serving You More Sugar than You’d Expect


For most of us, a trip to Starbucks has become a part of our daily routine. Nothing helps us face that looong day at work like a good cup of our favorite coffee. But is our favorite drink actually putting us at more risk for diabetes?

A British nutrition advocacy group, Action on Sugar, recently released a report ranking some of Starbucks’ popular drinks in terms of the amount of sugar they contain. And what they discovered is alarming.

According to their research, many of Starbucks’ drinks contain more sugar than a can of Coke (33 grams). The amount of sugar in these drinks also go beyond the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sugar intake—9 teaspoons (45 grams) for men and 6 teaspoons (30 grams) for women.

Here are some popular Starbucks drinks with their corresponding amount of sugar:

Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon (Venti). 99 grams or 25 teaspoons per serving

Hot Mulled Fruit - Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon (Venti). 88 grams or 22 teaspoons per serving

Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon (Grande). 76 grams or 19 teaspoons per serving

White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream (Venti). 73.8 grams or 18 teaspoons per serving

Signature Hot Chocolate (Venti). 60 grams or 15 teaspoons per serving

(To see how your other favorite drinks fared, click here.)

Kawther Hashem, registered nutritionist and researcher for Action on Sugar, recommends that these drinks be taken occasionally only and not daily.

The good news is Starbucks has vowed to reduce sugar in their drinks by 25% by the end of 2020. But why we’re still waiting for that day to come, why not choose to create your own drink? And while you’re at it, use healthier alternatives for sugar such as Your Are Loved Foods’ WeLuvYa sweetener. It’s 15 times sweeter than sugar and has 0 calories!

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