When you think of Starbucks, the wide range of coffee and tea drinks available to choose from immediately comes to mind. Whether it’s a caramel macchiato americano, or matcha tea, or frappucino, the list is seemingly endless.
However, in all of its creamy or refreshing deliciousness, many of the drinks on the menu are really just fancy wake-up milkshakes - an iced morning brew with some whipped cream and syrup on top.
Unsurprisingly, this may not be the best way to get your dose of caffeine in the morning, despite the great taste.
Now a registered dietician has revealed what she believes is the worst-for-your-health Starbucks drink on the menu - and it’s tea-based.
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Without further ado, the worst Starbucks drink is (in her expert opinion)...
The Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappucino
We’re all for iced matcha green teas with water or coconut milk, but this one does appear to have an eye-raising amount of sugar floating around in there. Almost three days’ worth, to be exact.
“This is basically a green-colored milkshake masquerading as tea with a venti [size] clocking in at 520 calories,” said Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and the author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club to Eat This, Not That.
It weighs in with a hefty 18 grams of fat, 320mg of sodium, 81g of carbs, and 79g of sugar.
“That’s almost 3 days’ worth of added sugars and over half the daily value of saturated fat, she added.
Green tea has numerous health benefits such as antioxidants and a natural caffeine boost. But you’re kinda undoing all of tea’s upside with the lashing of fat and sugar.
Ok, so what drink should you get at Starbucks instead?
Hey, get this if it’s a once in a while treat, as part of a balanced diet.
But if you’re swinging by Starbucks on the daily, a way to get a healthy and sweet tasting green tea is with the addition of lemon and honey.
If you’re still craving a creamy beverage like the Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappucino, get a regular coffee or iced brew with a dash of your favorite milk and a hint of stevia or natural sugar for the added sweetness.