In our society, all too many people want to be associated with the “cool” label. Usually, that entails dressing in the latest styles, carrying around the newest model of the iPhone, and — most noticeably perhaps– being seen with the signature Starbucks coffee in our hands. Of course, it probably feels wonderful to fit in, but does anyone consider the negative side effects of “cool”? The daily Starbucks coffee may taste like heaven in a cup, but it is taking a toll on our bodies in the long term.
Starbucks is the McDonalds of the coffee industry, both in terms of popularity as well as unhealthiness. Although some people do need caffeine to wake them up for the rest of the day, ordering a latté on a daily basis is not helping anyone (except maybe the CEO of Starbucks). A grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull. Do you really need that much just to wake you up? If that didn’t scare you enough, how about the fact that a grande café mocha with breve contains 580 calories and 40 grams of fat? The recommended daily caloric intake is about 2,000 calories, which means that one cup of this drink has about the same calories as a full meal — but lacking the nutritional value. You might as well drink soda for breakfast, because there’s more sugar in a Starbucks frappuccino than in a 200 calorie Coke.
Drinking these delicious treats once in a while is alright, especially during fall and winter. Everyone in the food industry starts to put out seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice, gingerbread, and peppermint. But even these delightful drinks are loaded with sugar and fat. The Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino totals 660 calories and 19 grams of fat at venti size with whole milk and whipped cream. The Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino contains 680 calories for the venti size with whole milk. Even half a cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream is less damaging that this drink. It may be smart to just settle for a piece of pumpkin pie instead of downing a frap. Even the pastry slices in Starbucks aren’t as healthy as they sound; the carrot cake is 600 calories and the low fat muffin is 360.
Clearly, the “cool” label isn’t as appealing as it may sound. What’s the point if you’re damaging your health? An overdose of caffeine can cause a change in attention span and sleeping patterns. Once in a while, treating yourself is perfectly fine. We all need our sugar! But if you can recite your Starbucks order in your sleep– well, you have some thinking to do.