“For the same amount of calories you could either eat lunch at McDonalds or have a coffee at Starbucks.”
Starbucks and other coffee houses like to pride their brand on supplying consumers with a quick, delicious fix to perk up your morning. What isn’t advertised is the high calorie count of their drinks that rivals meals at other fast food restaurants. Most buyers wouldn’t consider Starbucks as fast food, but the calorie amount in their drinks suggests otherwise.
You wouldn’t think such a small beverage could be so loaded with calories and sugar, even the venti sizes. But the truth is that Starbucks Frappuccinos are on average 140 to 580 calories. The small sizes are usually around 170. The lowest calorie dose is the tall Tazo Chai Frappuccino at 140. The ventis come in around 500 calories, at most the venti Java Chip Frap at 580. The mochas and lattes also come with a heavy calorie count. A venti Iced White Chocolate Mocha is 640 calories. Most lattes and mochas range from 100-500 calories depending on size.
These large caloric numbers don’t take full effect until they’re seen in perspective compared to fast food meals. For instance, at McDonald’s a Premium McWrap with chicken and bacon is 640 calories, the same calorie amount as the Starbucks large Iced White Chocolate Mocha. So drinking that large iced mocha is the same amount of calories as a wrap at McDonalds, except there is no protein as provided by the bacon and chicken and instead massive quantities of sugar. In other comparison a Big Mac is 530 calories, less than a venti Java Chip Frappuccino. A McDouble Burger is 380 calories, about the same as a grande frap or mocha. For the same amount of calories you could either eat lunch at McDonalds or have a coffee at Starbucks.
In another example, at Taco Bell the Beefy 5-Layer Burrito consists of 500 calories. Still less than Starbucks’s largest and most sugary beverages. The Combo Burrito is 430 calories and the Burrito Supreme is 390. Both totaling at around the same calorie levels of medium sized drinks at Starbucks.
The danger in Starbucks’s calories is in the size. Sticking to light and tall sized beverages keeps the calorie count mostly below 200. It may seem like a small and insignificant snack, but compared to meals from fast food chains Starbucks drinks are more sizable than you may think.