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Starbucks Just Released 3 New Frappuccinos—How Unhealthy Are They?

’’Ultra,’’ ’’Triple,’’ and ’’Serious’’ are never good terms when you're trying to watch your waistline.

Starbucks Just Released 3 New Frappuccinos—How Unhealthy Are They?Courtesy of Starbucks
Starbucks Just Released 3 New Frappuccinos—How Unhealthy Are They?

’’Ultra,’’ ’’Triple,’’ and ’’Serious’’ are never good terms when you're trying to watch your waistline.

Starbucks is notorious for seasonally spiking their menus with new and outrageous frappuccinos. (Remember the Halloween-themed Zombie Frappuccino and the Unicorn frap that went viral?) While these over-the-top concoctions are usually temporary menu items, the coffee giant just added three new frappuccinos to its menu—the Ultra Caramel Frappuccino, the Triple Mocha Frappuccino, and the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino—and they’re all here to stay.

The new additions sound seriously extra, but what sets them apart from their equally excessive predecessors is the new addition of cold brew whipped cream. Sounds like the perfect way to kick off summer, right? Not quite. If you’re watching your waistline and looking to get lean this season, these shocking nutritionals may deter you from placing an order at the ‘Bux.

What’s Inside Starbucks’ New Frappuccino Drinks

The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino features layers of the coffee-infused whipped cream, white chocolate, and dark caramel. A Grande made with whole milk boasts 420 calories, 19 grams of fat (12 grams saturated fat and a half-gram trans fat), 250 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbs (0 grams of fiber and 55 grams of sugar), and 5 grams of protein.

Compare that to the Triple Mocha Frappuccino, which blends cold brew whipped cream with white chocolate mocha and dark caramel sauces. This sip packs in 400 calories, 18 grams of fat (12 grams saturated fat and a half-gram trans fat), 190 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbs (1 gram of fiber and 51 grams of sugar), and 5 grams of protein.

Their fruity competitor, the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino, packs in a strawberry-botanical infusion and strawberry puree, and is topped off with vanilla whipped cream (rather than the cold brew-infused whip). The damage? A Grande with whole milk will cost you 350 calories, 14 grams of fat (9 grams saturated), 200 milligrams of sodium, 51 grams of carbs (1 gram of fiber and 50 grams sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

How Do They Compare to Other Starbucks’ Drinks?

While these new frapps sound super decadent, they’re surprisingly less extreme than the OG blended beverages. The original Grande Caramel Frappuccino with whole milk and whipped cream has the same amount of calories as the Ultra Caramel frapp but it has 3 grams more fat and 11 more grams of sugar. On the other hand, the popular Mocha Frappuccino contains 10 more calories than the new Triple Mocha Frappuccino as well as 10 more grams of sugar and 3 grams less fat per Grande with whole milk and whipped cream. And the new Serious Strawberry frapp has 20 fewer calories, 1 gram less fat, and 4 grams less sugar than its predecessor, the Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino.

If you must add these sugary sips to your summer food bucket list, order a Tall with nonfat milk—you’ll save 80 calories and 11 grams of sugar with the Ultra Caramel. And you’ll cut 100 calories and 14 grams of sugar with the Triple Mocha. Grab a Tall, nonfat Serious Strawberry and skip the whipped cream to save 190 calories and 16 grams of sugar. Want to avoid these blends at all costs? Go for these 28 Starbucks Items that Diet Experts Love instead.

Originally published May 24, 2018

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