Just how bad is sugar for you? The truth is, there’s nothing really wrong with natural sugar. That is, the sugar that comes naturally in vegetables and fruits. These fruits and veggies contain various micronutrients that your body needs, and the natural sugar in these food items are okay.
It’s the added sugar that’s giving doctors and nutritionists fits. This is the sugar that you get in processed food, including candy and sodas. You’ll encounter the added sugar as sucrose (regular table sugar) or high fructose corn syrup.
The American Heart Association recommends that men keep their added sugar intake to just 37.5 grams each day. Women have a lower limit of only 25 grams each day.
Unfortunately, many people disregard these recommendations, which explains the rising obesity statistics. The average adult consumes about 77 grams of added sugars each day. It’s one of the reasons why more than 2/3 of the US adult population is overweight.
The other reason is that many of these sugary drinks are also laden with calories, and that can really wreck your diet as well.
So, without any more delay, let’s check out the sugar bombs that give healthcare experts the greatest worry:
1. Chestnut Praline Frappuccino
We once tried a Venti order of this, as it’s a nice little holiday treat. But “nice” doesn’t really describe it, as it comes with 80 grams of sugar when you get a Venti. You also get 480 calories, contributing to your diet woes.
2. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
Yes, this is a terrific drink for October and November, and it’s like a perfect drink for fall. But while it may be just right for Halloween, it ought to scare you that it contains a monstrous 73 grams of sugar in a Grande cup. It also doesn’t help that it comes with 450 calories, which is basically a meal into itself.
3. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
This is another Starbucks drink that your nutritionist will want to ban for you. It comes with 68 grams of sugar, along with 490 calories that just adds more pounds to your waist.
4. S’mores Frappuccino
Plenty of people say that this is like drinkable dessert, but that’s not exactly healthy for you. Sure, you’ll probably enjoy the taste, with ingredients such as milk chocolate sauce, vanilla flavor, marshmallow whipped cream, and a graham cracker crumble.
But then you’re actually consuming 67 grams of sugar, along with 490 calories. That’s more calories than many burgers out there.
5. Java Chip Frappuccino
A look at the ingredients may have you yearning for this, as some genius figured out how adding Frappuccino chips and mocha sauce to coffee, milk, and ice can result in a tasty drink. That’s especially true with the whipped cream and mocha drizzle on top.
But the genius didn’t factor in the 66 grams of fat and 470 calories, so you have to be smarter than that.
6. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
This is no longer available, as far as we know, and plenty of nutritionists heaved a sigh of relief when it disappeared from the Starbucks menu. But don’t pray for its return, since it contains 63 grams of sugar along with a whopping 500 calories.
7. Mocha Frappuccino
This is another popular drink that perhaps shouldn’t be all that popular to begin with. It overloads you with 61 grams of sugar along with 410 calories.
8. Salted Caramel Mocha
If you don’t want to go through a blood sugar crash, it’s best to avoid drinks that approach 20g of sugar when ordering at Starbucks. This certainly includes the Salted Caramel Mocha, with its 59 grams of sugar. You’ll also likely wreck your diet, since this alone comes with 470 calories.
9. Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino
You have your milk and ice blended with vanilla bean and topped with whipped cream. It’s actually a milkshake if you think about it, as it comes with 59 grams of sugar. The 400 calories you get also isn’t all that good for you, either.
10. Strawberry Frappuccino
It’s true that strawberries can be healthy for you. But not if your strawberry drink also comes with lots of strawberry puree along with vanilla whipped cream. A closer look at this concoction shows that it has 57 grams of sugar, along with 390 calories.
Any of these sugary concoctions aren’t always evil, so to speak. You can still enjoy them, but only on infrequently and maybe on special occasions. Ordering them once a day, on the other hand, is like a ticking time bomb for your health.
Too much sugar is bad for you, and you really should say “no” to these drinks a lot more often. Instead, just get a shot of espresso for around $2. It has just 10 calories, no sugar, no sodium, and no fat. It’ll energize you with its 150 mg of caffeine, it’s affordable, and it won’t annoy your nutritionist.