Friday, February 7, 2014

The Most Unhealthy Starbucks Drinks

So coffee is actually healthy, right? and green tea, that's an antioxidant.  True, true, but there's coffee, and tea, and then there's coffee and tea "drinks". Although a good strong cup of coffee or tea can be quite healthy, the rich, delicious "drinks" of  Starbucks can be shocking sources of sugar and saturated fats.  Here is a list of the coffee giant's worst offenders.

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Huffington Post

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Excerpt: "Starbucks: There's something hypnotically reassuring about the place -- from the placidly smiling mermaid on the logo to the cute barista who has your order ready by the time you get to the front of the line. But while the coffeehouse chain is famous for its laid-back vibe, you may not feel as relaxed once you learn these unnerving details about the nutritional content of some Starbucks favorites.

We combed through the worst offenders on the menu and rounded up the top eight least healthful drinks you can order from Starbucks. While some of these beverages contain enough sugar to induce a diabetic coma in a Shetland pony, others made our naughty list for more surprising reasons -- like magnificent levels of cholesterol.

1. Eggnog Latte
Even without a whipped cream topping, this drink still has more cholesterol than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Bacon and Cheese with a Big Mac stacked on top as garnish.

That image, however, doesn’t even begin to illustrate the amount of sugar and carbs in the Eggnog Latte: this drink is so far off the charts nutritionally that if you wanted to recreate it in the form of a solid, you would have to eat a white bread sandwich slathered in bacon grease and chocolate syrup, stuffed with a cronut, and topped with a dozen crushed Dum Dum pops.

Now imagine putting that mess in a blender, and slurping it up through a dark green straw. But, uh, it handles 70% of your recommended daily allowance of calcium? 

2. Caramel Apple Spice Drink
This item, billed as a “kid’s drink,” is basically a gigantic glass of simple syrup: it contains no nutritional benefits and the same amount of sugar as five Hostess Twinkies. Your teeth would prefer you slept with a retainer made out of Twizzlers.

3.  Caramel Brulee Latte
A cup of coffee is like the Caramel Brulee Latte the same way my apartment is like the palace of Versailles. This prime example of end-of-the-empire decadence jams 580 calories, twenty grams of fat, and eighty-five grams of carbs into its scant twenty ounces.

4. White Hot Chocolate
You may as well pour the contents of your local diner’s grease trap directly into your carotid artery. The White Hot Chocolate contains more saturated fat than a six-piece bucket of fried chicken at KFC and about as many calories as a chicken alfredo calzone at the Olive Garden."

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