Frappuccinos, what’s not to love? The melodious blend between a coffee and a milkshake topped with syrup and whip cream is a teenage dream. But if you’re someone who is drinking blended coffee drinks on a regular basis, there are three key things to consider before you sip on your next one.
Please bear with me for this brief coffee buzz kill.
1. SUGAR SHOCKER!
A Grande Caramel Frappuccino made with whole milk and whip cream has 66 GRAMS OF SUGAR in it, not a Venti, a Grande. By comparison, a Snickers bar has 27 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, adult women/teens should have no more than 5 teaspoons of added sugar/day.
By definition, added sugar is sugar that doesn’t occur naturally in foods like fruit, but is added in to enhance the flavor. So when you consume a Grandé Frappuccino, you’re taking in nearly a week’s worth of sugar in one sitting. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol, diabetes and not to mention, breakouts!
2. FUNKY INGREDIENTS.
The same Grande Caramel Frappuccino that I mention above also contains some surprisingly unnatural ingredients. Why does a cup of joe need Xanthan Gum or Potassium Sorbate, High Fructose Syrup and Distilled Monoglycerides? The list of hard to pronounce ingredients goes on and on. Man-made chemical substances can have adverse effects on your health over the years, from weight gain to digestive issues.
3. EXTREME CAFFEINE.
That Frappuccino also contains 100 mg. of caffeine, and according to the Mayo Clinic, young adults should have no more than 100 mg. of caffeine/day. Caffeine is rampant in our energy drinks, sodas, and even some foods like gum and marshmallows, so if there are days that you have a blended coffee drink and a soda, you are far exceeding the recommended daily intake.
The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends against caffeine consumption for children and teens because of potentially harmful effects such as increases in heart rate and blood pressure, worsening anxiety in those with anxiety disorders. Sleep disruption is also a detrimental side effect.
Given this information, I’m not advising against ever having a Frappuccino again. My advice is to treat it like you would any other special occasion treat like birthday cake, ice cream sundaes, etc. Enjoy infrequently and order the smallest size (either Short or Tall). Better yet, find a less caloric alternative like a tall latte and add a small amount of sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, please, sip responsibly! Make these small adjustments to your coffee routine now and your skin, health and your pocketbook will thank you in the long run.