Unicorn Frappuccino Creates Nutritionist Buzz

If you don’t live under a rock then I think it’s safe to say that most people are aware of Starbuck’s new Unicorn Frappuccino. The new neon pink and electric blue drink is selling out fast and the social media hype is not lacking.  No, this is not a drink made out of magical fairy dust and unicorn tears, but it is made out of a whole lot of sugar.

Just like all of their other drinks, Starbucks has the ingredients to their Unicorn frappes easily ready online for those who want to know.  A medium Unicorn Frappe has 59 grams of sugar, 16 grams of fat, and 410 calories.  While this drink is aesthetically pleasing, according to a Yahoo article dietitians aren’t too pleased with the “nutritional value” of the drink and believe that it can harm your health.  The dietitian then goes into explain that having a sugary, high- calorie drink like the Unicorn Frappe every once in a while, is OK, it just shouldn’t be a habit.

With a new generation of health-conscious consumers, food places, including coffee shops, are trying to have healthier options.

Here are some healthy things you can try:

Starbucks Iced Black Tea Lemonade- this fruity drink is refreshing and only contains 100 calories for a small.

Wawa Vanilla Chai- For the tea drinkers out there, this drink contains 170 calories for a small.

Starbucks Caffé Mocha-  If you’re in the mood for something sweet, but don’t want to splurge on all your calories, the Caffé Mocha contains 170 calories and 2 grams of fat for a small.

Dunkin Donuts Unsweetened Iced Tea- This cold drink only contains 5 calories for a medium, but if you’re not ready for the unsweetened side of iced tea you can ask for half sweetened, which cuts sugar and calories in half.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light- this Frappuccino tastes just like the original version, but with way less calories and fat.  The “Light Caramel Frappe” has 100 calories and 0 grams of fat for a small.

Dunkin Donuts Hot Latte with Skim Milk and Sugar- Some people need a hot beverage to get them moving in the morning, this drink contains 200 calories for a medium.

Wawa Caramel Latte- This sweet drink only contains 130 calories for a small.

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