Hey, you! Yes, you! Put down your Starbucks and read this.

 

Winter is coming.

All you Game of Thrones fans know what I’m talking about. But for everyone else, there’s something else that winter brings: Starbucks’ infamous red cups and holiday drinks.

I’m just as excited for the return of my precious Gingerbread Latte, and don’t even get me started on the Peppermint Mocha. They’re delicious right?

Unfortunately it’s not something I can drink every day, or even every week… and it’s not just because they’re expensive and I’m kind of broke.

If you take a look at the nutrition info, you’ll realize that they’re actually pretty bad for you.

Don’t freak out!! I’ll explain. Take a deep breath, forget about all the Starbucks drinks you’ve ingested over the past couple of weeks, and definitely don’t be like this guy:

Here’s everything you need to know about Starbucks’ holiday drinks (Grande size):

Peppermint Mocha, 2% milk with whipped cream

  • Total calories: 410 calories
  • Total fat: 15 grams
  • Total sugar: 54 grams
  • Total carbs: 63 grams

Gingerbread Latte, 2% milk with whipped cream

  • Total calories: 330 calories
  • Total fat: 13 grams
  • Total sugar: 39 grams
  • Total carbs: 42 grams

Caramel Brulee Latte, 2% milk with whipped cream

  • Total calories: 440 calories
  • Total fat: 13 grams
  • Total sugar: 52 grams
  • Total carbs: 69 grams

Chestnut Praline Latte, 2% milk with whipped cream

  • Total calories: 330 calories
  • Total fat: 13 grams
  • Total sugar: 39 grams
  • Total carbs: 42 grams

Eggnog Latte, 2% milk with whipped cream

  • Total calories: 460 calories
  • Total fat: 21 grams
  • Total sugar: 48 grams
  • Total carbs: 53 grams

For reference, here’s what a typical adult should be intaking in terms of calories, fat, sugar, and carbs:

  • Total calories: 2,000 calories
  • Total fat: 70 grams
  • Total sugar: 90 grams
  • Total carbs: 310 grams

That means for your typical Starbucks drink, you’re already drinking all or more of your suggested amount of sugar!

To put it into perspective, a teaspoon of sugar contains about 4 grams. So in one Starbucks drink imagine putting 13 teaspoons of sugar into one drink.

Ohhh man. Better hit the gym.

You definitely can treat yourself with one of these drinks every once in awhile (key word: treat). But just keep these facts in mind the next time you’re tempted to grab another drink for the second day in a row!

Another way to make the drinks a bit healthier? Cut out the whipped cream, or just select a smaller size. Want to customize your drink even more and check out the specific nutritional info? Head on over to the Starbucks website and see for yourself.

 

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