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The 20 Worst Drinks at Starbucks

It’s time to give these drinks the cold shoulder.

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The 20 Worst Drinks at Starbucks

It’s time to give these drinks the cold shoulder.

You can eat right, exercise, drink water, and sleep 8 hours a night. But even if you're loyally following every one of our Eat This, Not That! best weight loss tips, you might be ruining your diet before you even start your day: on your morning coffee run.

With a storefront in nearly every city, Starbucks serves up coffee drinks to millions worldwide, resulting in billions of profits—$10 billion, in fact. Although coffee alone is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet, countless Starbucks menu items exceed well beyond the recommended daily intake of added sugars per day. Sipping on these diet saboteurs on the reg could be the trigger that promotes weight gain, reduces motivation, and screws your mood.

Curious as to how bad the Bux’s buzz-laden drinks could really be? You may be surprised which of your favorites made it onto our list. Avoid them, and don't miss our essential report: 20 Easy Ways to Stay Slim at Starbucks.

From Best of the Worst… To The Absolute Worst

starbucks coffee mugs apron

When it came to ranking the Starbucks drinks, we looked for items low in sugar, low in saturated fats, and not too high in calories. Drinks were deducted points when too much sugar was found in any form — whether the flavoring came from natural or artificial flavorings. Our jaws dropped when we saw the alarming rates pumped into these averagely sized drinks. Read on to find out where your favorite pick-me-up falls, starting with the best… and ending with the absolute worst.

20

Strawberry Smoothie

starbucks strawberry smoothie

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, 2% Milk: 300 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 60 g carbs (7 g fiber, 41 g sugar), 16 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 8.2 Strawberry Dum Dum’s

Smoothies can be a great weight loss meal, but only if prepared correctly. This smoothie is far from flat-belly friendly, pumped up with whey protein known to spike cholesterol, high blood pressure and increase weight gain. Not to mention it takes up nearly all of your day's sugar, why not get a little bang for your buck? Instead of ordering a blended beverage on the go, make one at home with our 56 Smoothies for Weight Loss.

19

Chai Latte

starbucks chai tea latte

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, 2% Milk: 240 calories, 4.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 45 carbs (0 g fiber, 42 sugar), 8 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 42 Twizzler Cherry Bites

Tea can be great for you, especially chai — known to fight inflammation, stress, and weight gain. But when it's following after milk and sugar the herbal leaves become one of the less prominent ingredients and the benefits disintegrate.

18

Hot Chocolate

starbucks signature hot chocolate

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 400 calories, 16 g fat (10 g Saturated Fat), 170 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, (4 g fiber, 43 g sugar), 14 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 10.7 Entenmann's Rich Frosted Donut Holes

To ease your — presumably chilly — sweet tooth, go for a treat that's worth it rather than one that has as much sugar as nearly 11 donut holes! Perhaps try an 80-calorie Chocolate Fudge Yasso Pop. Made with greek yogurt, nearly a third of the sugar of this drink, and nice to your digestive tract, this guilt-free pop won’t even feel like a splurge.

17

Oprah Cinnamon Chai Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks orpah cinnamon chai creme frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 330 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 45 carbs (0 fiber, 43 sugar), 4 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 10 Little Bites SnickerDoodle Muffins

Though she may be well known for her weight loss success, Oprah’s own drink does not lead you in the right direction during a weight-loss journey. Ditch the overly processed dairy, ditch the sweetener. Try an iced chai tea. Drinking tea, like chai, has amazing benefits, from boosting your energy, your mood, even enhancing your best results for weight loss.

16

Chai Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks chai creme frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 360 Calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 0 g trans fat, 220 mg sodium, 52 carbs, (0 g fiber, 51 g sugar), 5 protein
Sugar equivalent of: 11.8 Goetze’s Original Cowtail Creams

Sugar, spice, and everything not so nice. By drinking this drink, you’re maxing out your days recommended daily intake of added sugars, and that's if you’re eating 2,000 calories a day. Trying to cut back? This drink puts you in major diet debt.

15

Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee

starbucks midnight mint mocha frappuccino

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz whole milk: 470 calories, 16 g fat, (16 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 57 carbs, (3 g fiber, 52 g sugar), 6 g Protein
Sugar equivalent of: 20.8 Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies

Chocolate and mint do go hand in hand. But you might as well eat the delicious duo in a form that’s well worth it. Think cookies or even a peppermint patty. Both for more than half the calories and sugar value, this drink is not the way to satisfy your taste buds.

14

White Chocolate Mocha

starbucks white chocolate mocha

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, 2% milk, whipped cream: 430 calories, 18 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 250 Mg sodium, 55 carbs, (0 g fiber, 53 g sugar), 14 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 14.5 Milk Chocolate Milano Cookies

When you see “white chocolate” think white refined flour: over processed and missing all nutritional value. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again, white chocolate is a simple no-go.

13

Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks strawberries and creme frappuccino

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream, Sweetened: 370 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 56 g carbs, (0 g fiber, 54 g sugar), 4 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 4.5 Packs of Strawberry Gushers

If you’re really going for some strawberry sweetness junk then go for a strawberry jello, or Gushers, or even a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar. All for fewer calories, less sugar, and just as much of a rewarding taste. But if you’re really trying to drop a few pounds, there a plenty of weight loss friendly desserts well worth every bite.

12

Lemon Bar Creme Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks lemon bar creme frappuccino

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 350 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 56 carbs, (0 g fiber, 55 g sugar), 3 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 11 Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies

Lemon is one of many people’s favorite flavors, but for 350 calories and 55 g sugar you’ll have to pass on this drink. With healthy lemon ice cream as an option from Halo Top, ditch the straw and grab a spoon.

11

S’mores Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks smores frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk: 450 calories, 21 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 62 g carbs, (0 g fiber, 56 g sugar), 5 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 56 Pure Chocolate Mallomar Cookies

Summertime calls for smores. And some more, and probably another. Instead of slurping them you might as well eat them. You’ll eat less, and won't get that dreaded brain freeze.

10

Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks vanilla bean creme frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 400 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 59 carbs, (0 g fiber, 57 g sugar), 5 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 41.5 Nilla Wafers

Let’s repeat that: Sipping on this drink will put the same amount of sugar in your body as if you ate a whopping 41 cookies.

9

Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee

starbucks mocha frappuccino blended coffee

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 410 Calories, 15 g Fat (9 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 65 carbs, (1 g fiber, 61 g sugar), 5 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 9.4 Double Stuffed Oreos

Loaded with sugar, fat, and calories, this beverage puts you in the same sugar deficit as eating 9 Double Stuffed Oreos!

8

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee

starbucks white chocolate mocha frappuccino blended coffee

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 520 calories, 16 g Fat (10 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 65 carbs, (0 g fiber, 64 g sugar), protein 5 g
Sugar equivalent of: 30.3 Kit Kat White Chocolate Mini’s

Not only is this mixed with our enemy, white chocolate, we can’t forget to mention that this frap contains more than 500 calories! There are many times we choose foods, or drinks, with way more calories than you think. This drink has 520 — that's equivalent to a McDonalds Cheeseburger and McDonalds Vanilla Cone, still sparing some.

7

Green Tea Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks green tea creme frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 430 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 68 carbs, (1 g Fiber, 65 g sugars), 6 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 5.9 (almost 6) Tootsie Pops

When consumed in its natural state, green tea happens to be one of our favorite Eat This ingredients. But after it's mixed with cream, sugar, and everything else artificial the benefits have completely plummeted.

6

Cotton Candy Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks cotton candy creme frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 430 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 68 g carbs, (0 g fiber, 66 g sugar), 5 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 16.5 Jelly Munchkins

Didn’t your dentist warn you about this sugar filled trap? If the color doesn’t worry you enough, maybe the thought of eating 16.5 jelly munchkins for the same sugary value will.

5

Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee

starbucks java chip frappuccino

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 470 calories, 18 g fat, (12 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 72 carbs, (2 g fiber, 66 g sugar), 6 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 18 Chips Ahoy Original

Drowning yourself in such a sugary drink is completely unnecessary when you can get the same coffee perks from the coffee itself. Cool down with a nonfat sweetened iced coffee instead. And sure the alternative it isn’t as exciting as this frap, but by just adding two pumps of flavor (you can even get mocha) you’re majorly reducing calories, sugar, and still getting an awesome sip.

4

Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino Blended Coffee

starbucks caramel cocoa cluster frappucino blended coffee

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 450 calories, 17 g Fat (10 g saturated fat), 300 mg sodium 71 total carbs, (0 g fiber, 68 g sugar), 4 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 18.3 Rolos

Sugar is one thing, but this drink takes up nearly half of your day’s saturated fat values, and that's not fair to our favorite healthy fats. Really craving caramel, chocolate, cluster (whatever that means, maybe cookies?), and a cup of joe? 7 Rolos, 2 Oreos, and a grande Sweetened Iced Coffee with 2% Milk still give you less sugar than this drink.

3

Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee

starbucks caffe vanilla frappuccino blended coffee

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 430 calories, 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 230 mg carbs, (0 g fiber, 69 g sugar), 4 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 8.6 Kellogg's Original Rice Krispies Treats

You could eat an entire pint of Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and still consume less sugar than you do with this Grande size treat. Starbucks says this “tastes like happiness,” we think it looks like a belly ache.

2

Red Velvet Cake Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

red velvet cake creme frappuccino blended creme

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 480 Calories, 18 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 75 g carbs, (3 g fiber, 70 g sugar), 5 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 27 Hershey kisses

Nothing says happiness like drinkable food dye and artificial flavoring, right? Two frozen kisses do the trick for me when I need to satisfy my sweet tooth, but if you really want the equivalent of this frap try 27.

1

The Worst Drink Is… Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino Blended Coffee

cinnamon roll frappuccino

Nutrition per Grande, 16 oz, whole milk, whipped cream: 510 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 87 g carbs, (0 g fiber, 85 g sugar), 5 g protein
Sugar equivalent of: 291 Cinnamon Teddy Grahams

Sure, a sweet, frozen drink sounds great after a long day in the heat. But so much sugar you could almost eat 300 Teddy Grahams? You’re better off having a scoop of cinnamon flavored ice cream. Even better, blend some greek yogurt, cinnamon, and ice together to make a deliciously refreshing and nutritiously benefitting smoothie. Speaking of Greek yogurt, check out which is best for your belly with our exclusive report: Every Popular Yogurt Brand—Ranked!