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What's in your cup of Starbucks?
By Christopher R Rice
Starbucks is crack for white (sober) people. Loaded with sugar and caffeine, Starbucks is a sugar-loaded calorie bomb. Coffee is also a laxative, another reason for Starbucks success is meat eaters are always bloated. Starbucks tripled the ingredients normally found in a cup of java, giving you three times the amount of sugar, caffeine and calories that an adult should consume for the whole day in one cup.
A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull.
The Starbucks cinnamon chip scone has more calories than a McDonald's quarter pounder with 480 calories.
Starbucks uses over 93 million gallons of milk per year, enough to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Starbucks uses 2.3 billion paper cups per year.
The caffeine in coffee acts as a laxative by causing contractions in the digestive system, eventually producing a bowel movement. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, drinks containing caffeine cause the body to react much like a laxative would; however, exceeding two to three cups of coffee or tea daily can trigger diarrhea.
On average, Starbucks sells 4 million coffee drinks daily across the United States.
Starbucks Waste More Than 6 Million Gallons of Water a Day
Starbucks response:"Water is a key ingredient in our beverages and a necessity for operating our stores. We’re working to better understand how we use water, and how we can use it more efficiently. Much of the water in our stores is used to make coffee and tea beverages, and to run equipment such as dishwashers and ice machines.
In 2008 we set a goal to reduce water consumption by 25 percent in company-owned stores by 2015. For the first three years, we saw a reduction of more than 20 percent in our water use as a result of several proactive measures, including a successful rollout of a hand-metered water system to replace our "dipper wells" and the installation of a low-use water faucet. In 2011 we saw water consumption increase 5 percent over the prior year, moving our total decrease to almost 17.5 percent."
Starbucks goes through 4 billion to-go cups annually but most of them end up in the landfill. Why? Even though these cups are mostly made of paper, these single-use items are almost never recycled or composted because they are lined with plastic.
One Sip of the Unicorn Frappuccino Might Give You Diabetes
You should be aware of exactly what you put into your body — and when we heard the news that Starbucks would be releasing a Unicorn Frappuccino, our first thought was, "holy sh*t, that's gonna be a sugar bomb."
The crème-based blended beverage has no coffee, so the entirety of the drink is cream, ice, and LOTS of added sugar. For reference, the recommended max sugar intake for a woman is 25 grams per day. Now, without further ado, the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino nutritional information.
As a grande drink will run you 59 grams of sugar — more than double the daily recommended amount (think about that: two days worth of sugar in just one drink), be sure to enjoy this "magical" concoction with moderation.