Frappuccino Hell

My favourite newsletter, Nutrition Action, has a section on what they term "Right Stuff" (The Good Foods) vs "Food Porn" (The Not-So-Good Foods) that is always a great read. It's very informative and I always learn something new. So in the spirit of my favourite newsletter, lets talk Starbucks.

Just the other day, I discovered the beauty of the Starbucks Blended Crème Frappuccino. Especially the Orange Crème. I got it for someone else, but ended up sucking down the entire grande-sized drink myself. Mmm, was it good. Then, after the evil deed was done, I just happened to look here.

I love Starbucks so this was a bit of a jolt - and not the good caffeine kind, either.

So I made my way to the Starbucks Nutrition section of their website and here's what I found:

The grande Orange Blended Crème Frappuccino (or Fattuccino as NA likes to call them) has 320 calories - but, of course, mine had whipped creme and syrup too, so that's now 430 calories. For someone who eats only 1500 calories a day, that's almost a third of my calories!

Apparently, a Venti Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino has 620 calories and when you add whipped cream you get 750 calories plus 9 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of total fat. NA compared it to a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza with an additional 140 calories thrown on top that you can sip through a straw!

But, if you MUST have that one Frappuccino, this is what Nutrition Action suggests:

Get a no-whip Frappuccino Light. It's not sugar-free, but it'll save you 100 to 300 calories and, if ordered non-fat with skim milk, most of the saturated fat grams.

For my grande Orange Blended Crème Frappuccino that's 430 calories with 13 grams of fat vs 140 calories and almost zero fat!

Maybe once a week wouldn't be so bad, right?