When I first saw the new Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino I just knew that kids everywhere were going to be drinking this – I mean what kid isn’t going to want a drink that looks like this! But of course…the first thing that popped into my mind was what the heck is it made out of? Well, we found out, and it’s not pretty.
It’s full of additives that do nothing good for your body…
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Ingredients: Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].
- Carrageenan – Linked to intestinal inflammation and cancer.
- Citric Acid – Typically derived from mold made with GMO corn (not from fruit). This appears 8 times in the ingredient list!
- Mono and Diglycerides – A hidden form of trans fat, which is strongly linked to heart disease.
- Natural and Artificial Flavors – This is not a single ingredient…each flavor may contain of up to 100 ingredients, including synthetic chemicals, solvents and preservatives such as BHA, propylene glycol, MSG, parabens, and more.
The most shocking aspect of this drink actually isn’t the ingredient list – it’s the sugar.
Considering the average ADULT male isn’t supposed to be eating more than 36 grams of sugar in an entire day (and only 25 grams if you’re a woman) – just one of these drinks is going to put you WAY over the edge – making it even worse for kids.
The Unicorn Frappuccino grande has 59 grams of sugar and a shocking 76 grams in a venti size. It’s totally outrageous that Starbucks is promoting this drink at all, and especially to children!
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Venti has more sugar than…
Entire bag of Hostess Powdered Donettes (75 grams of sugar). This is 20 donettes!
Four large scoops Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (72 grams of sugar).
- 29 Hershey’s Kisses (75 grams of sugar).
I hope this makes you think twice before you buy this for yourself or your kids. Please share with everyone you know!