Starbucks Nutrition
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Starbucks Nutrition

At every Starbucks counter you can pick up a Starbucks Nutrition guide that clues you in on exactly how many calories each drink contains, as well as fat content, cholesterol content, trans fat, and saturated fat. You can even look up how much protein is in your drink as well as essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and iron. Oh, and one last essential nutrition fact that coffee drinkers might like to know – you can look up the caffeine content of every drink as well.

So just how bad does Starbucks do in the nutrition rankings in terms of fat and calories? Of course the obvious high calorie drinks are the ones that are loaded with full milk and whipped cream – those don’t do so well – but those aren’t your only choices at Starbucks.

A tall coffee with no additions of cream, syrup or sugar is about 5 calories with 10 milligrams of sodium and 240 milligrams of caffeine. For comparison purposes, there are 55 milligrams of caffeine in a 12 ounce can of Mountain Dew, 34 in a can of Coke and 80 milligrams in a Red Bull Energy Drink. 1 Vivarin tablet has 200 milligrams of caffeine, less than a tall coffee at Starbucks. So don’t waste any more money at the drugstore buying over the counter remedies to keep you alert. Just drink coffee.

A popular selection at Starbucks is a Grande Latte with a pump of hazelnut syrup. If you go with regular milk, this selection has 310 calories. If you ditch the syrup and switch to nonfat milk you can reduce that calorie count to 130. Add one pack of sugar in place of the syrup and you will be at 146 calories. A considerable savings over 310.

The worst thing on the menu is the Venti Frappuccino Blended Crème Double Chocolate Chip with whipped cream. This double chocolate delight has approximately 650 calories, depending on how heavy handed your barrister is with the whipped cream. 

A Grande Caramel Macchiato, another very popular selection, weighs in on the Starbucks nutrition charts with 270 calories if you go with regular milk, and 190 calories if you go with skim milk. A tall Tazo Iced Tea has 60 calories, and a Grande Green Tea Latte with skim milk has 200 calories. Add 60 more calories for regular milk.

Starbucks is motivated to keep your business by offering tips and advice on the Starbucks nutrition guide that will help you customize your order according to how many calories you wish to constrain yourself to. For example, a pump of syrup averages 20 calories and a dollop of whipped cream is worth anywhere from 60 to 110 calories (a snack in itself!) You can save 16 calories by using Splenda instead of sugar and 120 calories by switching from regular to skim milk.

So next time you order an ice cold Frappuccino with whipped cream to go, pick up the Starbucks nutrition chart and decide if you really want to consume all those calories while you shop or if there are some smart substitutions you can make.
 
Philip Kustner
With a little thought, Starbuck's Nutrition isn't too bad.

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