For many of us, the holiday season brings colder weather and thoughts of warm, spicy, sweet coffees and teas. The flavors of the season are a wonderful change from the daily latte, but what are these drinks doing to our diets? Let’s take a look at the sugar content of 12 different seasonal favorites – all based on “Grande,” because “Tall” is never enough.
- Juniper Latte: This latte is the newest addition to the menu and the best bet when it comes to sugar content with 35 grams in the hot version and 29 grams in the iced.
- Gingerbread Latte: This sweet and spicy treat comes in with 38 grams of sugar hot and 34 grams of sugar iced.
- Chestnut Praline Latte: Just a wee bit more sugar in this lovely with 42 grams for hot and 38 grams for iced.
- Caramel Brûlée Latte: YUM this is so good, and the sugar sprinkles on top…mmmmm! It’s only number 4 so not too bad with 47 grams of sugar in the hot version and 42 grams in the iced.
- White Chocolate Mocha: This drink just makes you feel good, unless you have a problem digesting sugar with its 53 grams for hot coffee and 49 grams for iced coffee.
- Peppermint Mocha: Who would have thought adding peppermint would change anything? Well, it certainly does with a total of 54 grams of sugar in the hot version and 49 in the iced version.
- Toasted White Chocolate Mocha: The toasting adds a little more sugar, and now we are up to 56 grams for hot coffee and 51 grams for iced coffee.
- Eggnog Latte: This has been my favorite forever; then my doctor said to cut my sugar intake. The 57 grams of sugar in the hot latte and 33 grams of sugar in the iced version are not doing me any favors.
- Chai Eggnog Latte: Shouldn’t tea be better? Nope, not this time with 62 grams of sugar in both hot and iced versions.
- Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino: There are 69 grams of sugar in this yummy, and the salt is coming from my tears.
- Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha: Combine numbers 5 and 6 above, and you get 72 grams of sugar in the hot version and 60 grams of sugar in the cold version.
- Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino: What in the world? The flavor that makes its holiday appearance first also packs the most sugar with 73 grams for the grande. That’s 18 teaspoons of sugar in one drink!
The good news is that you can ask your barista to cut out some of this sugar – just enough to let you have all of the flavor. It just takes a little creativity.