Coffee drinks at Starbucks can contain almost 25 teaspoons of sugar
The caramel macchiatos and pumpkin spice lattes you so desperately crave every morning come at a sugar-loaded cost. You may want to reconsider all those flavors that make Starbucks, well, Starbucks, and opt for just a regular ol’ cup a joe next time.
On Feb. 17, CNN Money reported that flavored drinks served by major coffee shops like Starbucks or The Coffee Bean can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To put that into perspective, that’s more than three times the maximum daily amount of sugar recommended for adults by the American Heart Association.
A new report from the British campaign Action on Sugar says that “98 percent of hot flavored drinks sold at major coffee chains in the U.K. have excessive levels of sugars per serving.” The worst offender, according to the research, is Starbucks. And many of the drinks that are marketed as “health conscious” are riddled with excessive amounts of sugar.
These drinks “are laden with an unbelievable amount of sugar and calories and are often accompanied by a high sugar and fat snack,” nutritionist and Action on Sugar researcher Kawther Hashem told The Guardian. “Our advice to consumers is to have a plain hot drink or ask for your drink to contain a minimal amount of syrup, preferably sugar-free, in the smallest serving size available.”
While coffee has been reported to have many health benefits, if you opt for the sugar-loaded hot drinks, you’re likely going to miss out on any positive improvements to your overall health. Plus, by opting for a hot drink with a heavy sugar content, you’re likely just going to ride a sugar high for a few hours rather than any caffeine induced energy