Most people I know are devoted coffee lovers, and enjoy their cup in various forms during the day. However, you should always be careful when choosing your foods and drinks, as they have a huge impact on your well-being.
Starbucks is one of the most popular choices worldwide, but unfortunately, many of their options are too high in sugar, salt, preservatives, and GMOs.
As reported by a spokesperson for Food Democracy Now:
‘In the past two years alone, Starbucks has been a part of a GMA-led coalition that has donated more than $70 million dollars to defeat GMO labeling efforts in California and Washington State.
By opposing GMO labeling, Starbucks has willingly climbed in bed with Monsanto and the GMA and is intentionally misleading customers about their commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing.’
There are more than 23,000 stores in 64 different countries in the world, so it is a fact that Starbucks significantly affects farmers.
The group had a recent attempt to avoid the labeling of GMO foods as GMO to consumers in California and Washington. Their last attempt to prevent Vermont passing the first such measure two years ago failed, and came into law in July.
Hence, it is stated with Act 120 that all GMO products or ingredients must be labeled, so it is up to the consumer to decide whether he/she will use it. Yet, it is indicated that the sales of such products have decreased significantly.
Yet, in thirty other states, popular companies like Monsanto, Starbucks, and the GMA have successfully quashed legislation at an expense far exceeding $100 million.
Apparently, the milk used in Starbucks comes from factory farmed cows, whose owner in most cases is their partner Monsanto. These cows are kept in terrible conditions, fed with GMO grains, and treated with unnatural antibiotics grains.
Also, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in 2011 stated that Starbucks used over, ‘93 million gallons of milk per year, enough to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools.’
The ingredients in the various Starbucks drinks pose numerous severe health risks, as explained below:
The recommended daily amount of sugar is 6-9 teaspoons or 24-36 grams, which equates half the amount in a Unicorn Frappuccino. The excessive consumption of sugar increases the risks of heart disease, cavities, weight gain, high blood pressure, and even death.
Too Much Salt
The high amounts of salt are detrimental in the case of diabetes, high blood pressure, and for the elderly. Salt is also harmful to the kidneys, as they should deal with the additional sodium in the bloodstream.Moreover, extra salt also fills the veins to dilute the sodium in the blood, exposing the circulatory system to an additional pressure, and thus raising the risk of stroke or a heart attack.
The Unicorn Frappuccino is full of ingredients that contain Potassium Sorbate, which is a preservative that prevents the growth of mold, bacteria, fungi, and yeast.
Yet, if in high amounts, it can cause allergies, and symptoms like congestion, itchy mouth, eyes, throat, and skin, abdominal pain, and a, runny nose.
This preservative might also cause migraines, and their accompanying symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light.
This is actually processed fruit juice with an extended shelf life to be easily shipped. Yet, the nutrients from the fresh juice are lost in the process of evaporation and filtration.
It is rich in sugar, sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup which also raises the risk of diabetes and acid reflux disease and irritates ulcers.
It is made from starchy vegetables, which have been converted into monosaccharides, which are essentially sugars. Therefore, it shares numerous adverse effects with sugar and is linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite the Unicorn frappuccino, you should also avoid the following unhealthy Starbucks drinks:
Java Chip Frappuccino– This drink has 470 calories, and has milk, mocha sauce, coffee frappuccino syrup, whipped cream, and frappuccino chips.
White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino– A grande cup has 520 calories, and it contains coffee, milk, whipped cream, coffee frappuccino syrup, and white chocolate mocha sauce.
Double Chocolatey Chip Cream Frappuccino – A grande cup has 420 calories, and this drink contains milk, whipped cream, mocha chips, frappuccino syrup, and mocha sauce (its ingredients include sugar, corn syrup, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, potassium sorbate).
Caramel Coco Cluster Frappuccino– A grande cup adds 450 calories to your diet, and its ingredients include coffee, milk, coffee frappuccino syrup, mocha sauce, whipped cream, coffee, caramel sauce.
Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino– A grande cup has 370 calories, and the drink contains whipped cream, milk, cream frappuccino syrup, strawberry base, and the classic syrup (which is high in sugar, citric acid, and potassium sorbate).
Yet, there are also some healthier options on their menu, which have less than 150 calories, such as:
Cappuccino (91 calories) – It is actually an espresso, heated with soy milk.
Teavana Shaken Black Iced Tea (30 calories) – it is just tea, so you can sweeten it with a bit of sugar.
Caffe Americano (11 calories) – it is a shot of espresso, topped with hot water.
Caffe Misto with Soy (63 calories) – this drink includes brewed coffee and steamed soy or almond milk.
Teavana Sparkling Berry Sangria Herbal Tea (120 calories)