Don’t Cry Over Starbucks Milk: What’s The Healthiest Option?

nathan-dumlao-401855-unsplashBehind Every Successful Person…

…Is A Substantial Amount of Coffee!

I have always wondered how some people can bounce out of bed full of the joys of Spring in the morning. I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. In fact, I am a horrible person in the AM and incapable of holding a pleasant conversation until I’ve had my first hit of caffeine.

In fact, I use the Starbucks app so frequently on my phone, I’m sure it’s making an indent in my phone screen.

Being in the throes of my healthy resolutions, and having read so many horror stories about how some drinks contain enough sugar to give Mr Cadbury diabetes, I have decided to make more informed decisions over my daily cup of Joe.

kyle-loftus-698985-unsplashThe Starbucks app is actually great at providing nutritional information on their drinks menu, but it doesn’t offer values for the very many milk alternatives on offer.

I have always wondered which milk is actually the healthiest option. Full fat, non-fatdairy free or plant based milk? Whilst nut milk, low fat milk and coconut milk sound healthy, are they really the best? Pick the wrong coffee creamer and you could nearly double the number of calories in an innocent latte.

So here I come, coffee siren to the rescue – OK, sirens are actually dangerous temptresses, but I’m trying to keep on theme – with my lowdown on how you can sup until you drop, without inducing a sugar coma before elevenses…

Starbucks has 6 different milk options. There are three dairy options: non-fat milk (skimmed); 2% milk (semi-skimmed); and whole milk, as well as three non-dairy options (soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk).

As sugar seems to be a four letter word right now, I decided to consider this alongside the calorific value of each option.

If you were to order a Starbucks Tall Caffe Latte without any whipped cream, sugar, syrup, or sprinkles, this is what you’d be ingesting…

Sugar:

sugar_in_milk

Calories:

calories_in_milk

Of course, these are very basic and crude measures (you can find full nutritional information on Fast Food Nutrition), but taking these factors into account we can conclude…

almond milk

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