The Skinny on Starbucks

starbucksStarbucks has won over the hearts of everyone from the tired business man to the basic white girl inside of us all. But that quad shot Americano isn’t only keeping you up at night, it’s adding a few pounds to your scale as well.

This probably isn’t a surprise to most. but seeing as the season of a thousand meals is approaching, why not cut down our sugar, fat and calorie intake where we can.

starbucksLets break this down…

An extra pump of flavored syrup? That’ll cost you about 20+ calories and about 5 grams of sugar.

Add mocha syrup? 25 calories and 4 grams of sugar.

That famous, fluffy whipped cream? Anywhere from 60-110 calories, depending on the drink.

Even if you try to avoid these downfalls by ordering sugar free, which doesn’t have any calories or actual sugar your Starbucks barista will just replace that sinful flavor with unpronounceable chemicals.

A tall nonfat latte from Starbucks is about 100 calories and about 62% of them are just from sugar. That’s before any delicious add ins! To give you a comparison, a snickers bar contains about 43% sugar. That means every time your beloved barista formulates your morning pick-me-up, your chugging down a full snickers bar. Makes you regret giving up candy for all these years doesn’t it?

starbucksYou don’t need to cut out your daily dose of caffeinated crack just to lose a few pounds. Try asking for half the amount of syrup in your passion tea lemonade. Or an americano with heavy cream in place of your latte. Cutting down you daily consumption sugar will actually help you feel less weighed down and better mentally when you think of all the empty calories and chemicals you’ve skipped.

Don’t get me wrong, you can find me waiting in a ridiculously long line at my local Starbucks on any given day, but the key is to remember is your Starbucks drink is more like a dessert and should be treated as such.


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Taylor McElroy

by Taylor McElroy

In House Editorial Contributor. Taylor is a 21 year old student, finding herself in the city lights of Chicago. She has a passion for lyrical rap, beautiful clothes, Mother Nature and anything that includes guacamole. Catch her at Columbia College Chicago or doing yoga next to Lake Michigan. Taylor is always down to vibe.