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Starbucks Orders That Won't Ruin Your Smile (Or Your Waistline)

Starbucks Orders That Won’t Ruin Your Smile (Or Your Waistline)

best dentist pasadena caJust like most Angelinos, the team here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® loves a good Starbucks coffee. Brewed coffee, iced coffee, even straight-up espresso. But even those drinks can become sugar-laden calorie bombs with the wrong add-ins.

We get it though. It can be hard to stay away from sugar — especially when you’re used to having it everyday. Fortunately, there are ways to balance your love of Starbucks brew and sugar intake.

Here are a few Starbuck ordering tricks that’ll spare your teeth from cavities and a bulge around your waistline.

Choose a smaller size

The larger your drink, the more sugar you consume—especially if you go for that caramel latte. It’s important to treat yourself, but only in moderation. What’s the best way to do that? Opt for a smaller size.

Skip the extras

Sweeter beverage selections may include whipped cream, sprinkles, syrup drizzle or additional toppings. Caramel drizzle (1 tsp), for example, adds 4 grams of sugar to the drink. Skip ‘em—or at least ask for less.

Stick with sugar-free syrup; a splash of nonfat milk, soymilk, or coconut milk; and/or a no-calorie sweetener packet or two.

Ask for less syrup

The thing that sends many coffee-shop drinks over the edge in sugar content is the flavored syrup. One pump of flavored syrup (2 tsp) is 5 grams of sugar. That puts most small drinks at 15 grams of sugar, medium at 20 grams of sugar, and large at 25 grams of sugar— a whopping 100% of recommended daily sugar intake for women. Shrink your sugar intake and ask for:

  • 1 pump of syrup in a small drink—cuts sugar from 15 to 5 grams
  • 2 Pumps of syrup in a medium drink—cuts sugar from 20 to 10 grams
  • 3 Pumps of syrup in a large drink—cuts sugar from 25 to 15 grams

Stay strong, coffee lovers. Feed your need the healthier way.

Your teeth and waist will thank you for it down the road.


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