Coffee Blogger Reveals Incredibly High Sugar Content in Starbucks Menu

Coffee Blogger Reveals Incredibly High Sugar Content in Starbucks Menu

Research shows as much as 16 teaspoons of sugar packed into some Starbucks favorites

Coffee fans might want to look away now if they’re watching their waistlines as new research conducted by a well-known coffee blogger has revealed the calorific sugar content packed into many Starbucks menu favorites.

Above Average Coffee studied the nutritional information of every item available on the Starbucks menu and found that some drinks products contained as much as 16 teaspoons of sugar content. High quantities of sugar were also found elsewhere in the menu.

The coffee-crazed website revealed that the sweetest drink a customer can buy from Starbucks, the Venti Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, has a total of 78 grams of sugar within, equivalent to a whopping 16 teaspoons of sugar. This is around 260% higher than the amount of sugar a customer may find in a Venti Café Latte.

By comparison, another eternally popular choice at Starbucks in the Venti Caramel Macchiato was found to contain 42 grams of sugar, equating to around half the sugar content of the Venti Java Chip Frappuccino at around 8.5 teaspoons of sugar.

The Venti Frappuccino range was a particular culprit when it came to high sugar content, with at least 10 teaspoons sugar found in each product thanks to the instant coffee flavoured syrup which is used rather than a standard shot of espresso.

Those who like their Starbucks order a little more on the straightforward side are also in for a shock, with a seemingly low cal Black Iced Coffee actually found to contain up to six teaspoons of sugar.

Kieran MacRae, Above Average Coffee’s star blogger and co-founder sourced all the information from the Starbucks website, ranking each product in sugar content order.

Advice from MacRae for Starbucks lovers concerned about how much sugar is in their regular order included asking for sugar free syrup where possible, and even consider opting for a smaller size to cut down on total sugar content.

He said, “As an avid coffee drinker and blogger, I was astounded at how much sugar some of the flavoured Starbucks drinks actually contained.

“I expected the sugar content to be high, but I didn’t expect so much hidden sugar to come from ingredients like the coffee added to the Frappuccino or the iced coffee flavoring.”

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