‘Healthy’ is not the exact word that comes to mind when you think of Starbucks. With each season comes new trending Starbucks drinks. How healthy are they in reality?
According to health experts, Starbucks’ 2021 holiday drinks lineup does contain an adequate amount of protein and milk. On the other hand, they are accompanied by large quantities of sugar. For this reason, experts advise a reduced intake of sugary ingredients and make sure that the rest of the daily diet remains neutrally balanced.
You would not want to make Starbucks drinks a daily habit, trust us on that.
This year, Starbucks has decided to spread the jolly of this winter by introducing a range of spectacular holiday drinks lineup.
So, what does Starbucks have in store for us this year?
- Peppermint Mocha
- Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
- Caramel Brulée Latte
- Chestnut Praline Latte
- Eggnog Latte
What do the health experts have to say about these drinks?
Kristin Kirkpatrick, a licensed and registered dietician as well as the author of ‘Skinny Liver’ believes that coffee contains several health benefits. But consuming it with excess sugar and calories may disrupt its balance.
According to Andy De Santis, a registered dietician who has a master’s degree in public health community nutrition, Starbucks drinks are not devoid of nutritional value. These drinks of 16 ounces contain a healthy amount of protein and milk.
Starbucks’ drinks contain 2 percent of skim cow’s milk, along with coconut, almond, soy, and oat milk alternatives. Among these, cow’s milk and soy contain the greatest amount of protein.
What To Do Now?
You may not have to stop drinking Starbucks’s seasonal drinks.
Their seasonal holiday drinks are mostly bulked up with energy, but at the same time offer several health benefits.
Passarello says that these 8-ounce drinks contain roughly 30 percent of an average adult’s calcium needs. Rather than avoiding these drinks completely, you should savor them slowly. The only thing you may have to take care of when consuming these drinks is to be mindful of the portion sizes as well as how frequently you consume them.
Make healthy choices
Health experts are of the opinion that you must be aware of what you are consuming rather than focusing on just one drink. The holiday season offers several opportunities to overindulge in your favorite foods and beverages. It becomes essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle at this time.
Kirkpatrick is of the opinion that people could opt for sugar-free beverages or reduce the amount of sweetness in their desired drinks.
The American Heart Association suggests an intake of no more than 13 grams of saturated fat for a 2000-calorie daily diet.
So as long as you keep track of that, you would be just fine.