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Starbucks Has Two New Iced Drinks for Spring Featuring Matcha and Turmeric

Both their colors and ingredients are so on-trend... but how healthy are they?

Flowers aren't the only thing emerging as the seasons change—new Starbucks drinks are popping up just in time for spring too.

Starting today, Starbucks is offering two brand new beverages: Iced Pineapple Matcha and Golden Ginger.

The new drinks sound—and look—super trendy and healthy. They source their powder ingredients from two nutrient powerhouses: Green tea leaves and turmeric root.

Plus, each drink is made with coconut milk, allowing non-dairy consumers to get in on the fun. (You may recall Starbucks released two new vegan lattes in January, which included the Almondmilk Honey Flat White and the Coconutmilk Latte. Some 1,300 stores across the Midwest are currently offering oat milk as an alternative to regular milk in all of their coffee and tea drinks.)

RELATED: 7 Best Oat Milk Brands to Buy, According to Nutritionists.

That said, Starbucks is known for sneaking in quite a bit of sugar into its famed beverages. Let's take a look at the nutrition information for the new Starbucks drinks to see if they're ideal to drink on the reg.

Iced Pineapple Matcha

starbucks matcha latte
Courtesy of Starbucks
Grande (16 fl oz): 170 calories, 5 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 115 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 2 g protein

Matcha powder is full of heart-healthy antioxidants, which are known to ward off cancer, stabilize blood sugar levels, and even reduce the harmful kind of cholesterol known as LDL. While a grande size of the iced beverage packs three scoops of matcha powder, it also contains four pumps of pineapple ginger syrup. That explains why the sugar content is so high at nearly 30 grams. If you're adamant about getting a grande size, you can slash the sugar content in half by asking for only one or two pumps of syrup.

Iced Golden Ginger

starbucks yellow latte
Courtesy of Starbucks
Grande (16 fl oz): 140 calories, 5 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 120 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 1 g protein

A turmeric-ginger latte? Sign us up. Combining ginger and turmeric boasts a wealth of anti-inflammatory properties. Our only complaint, once again, is the sugar content. While it's an improvement from the Iced Matcha Latte, this new drink still packs nearly 20 grams of sugar, a majority of which is added. When you're at the counter, order a tall size. You'll satisfy that sweet fix while cutting the sugar down by 5 grams.

RELATED: Nutrition Showdown: Here's How a Wendy's Frosty-ccino Compares to a Starbucks Frappuccino.

Bottom Line

These shiny and bright new Starbucks orders are so pretty, they'll put a pep in your step and make you excited for warmer temps ahead. But, they'll also give you a serious sugar rush, so order them on occasion, and ask for a tall size that's light on the syrup.

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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