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Should you drink it? Starbucks Grande Caffe Mocha

March 28th, 2010 | no comments

Only if you want to overdose on sugar and saturated fat!  Let’s get one thing straight…sugar and fat are not the enemy, unless of course you’re talking about one 16 oz grande Caffe Mocha offering over 8 teaspoons of sugar and 53% saturated fat!  Sure it supplies caffeine to give you a boost, but the excessive sugar and saturated fat content is sure to put you in a slump shortly after.  I’ll bet this wasn’t your intention when you ordered this frothy beverage in the first place.

Check this out:  It only takes 11 Caffe Mocha’s to gain 1 pound of body fat!  This is assuming you aren’t subtracting 330 calories from your diet to compensate for the mocha.  Most of us don’t!  We think of the mocha as “just a beverage” when in fact it is a “meal”, just not a very nutritious one.

Here are the nutrition facts for a grande Caffe Mocha made with 2% milk:

Calories:  330; Fat:  15 grams (8 grams saturated fat); Carbohydrates:  43 grams; Fiber:  2 grams; Sugars:  33 grams; Protein:  13 grams; Calcium:  35%

A better option would be a grande Caffe Latte made with skim milk:

Calories:  130; Fat:  0 grams; Carbohydrates:  19 grams; Fiber: 0 grams;  Sugars: 18 grams; Protein:  13 grams; Calcium:  45%

I know what you’re thinking:  “But it doesn’t taste as good Melanie!”  Trust me, once your taste buds get used to not having all of that extra sugar on them, they will adapt to prefer less sugar.  Then, when you eventually indulge in a Caffe Mocha you will feel like you are drinking a cup of cotton candy!


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