10 Starbucks Drinks That Have Less Than 10 Grams of Sugar
Starbucks is known for their over-the-top coffee and tea drinks. Though these beverages are a tasty treat every once in a while, some grande-sized drinks can contain over 60 grams of sugar! For those who are worried about added sugar, either for general health or because they have a medical condition like diabetes, ordering these beverages can easily skyrocket your sugar levels. Let us take a closer look at the menu to identify ten low- and no-sugar options you can enjoy at your local Starbucks.
Added Sugar In Beverages
Often the most delicious and tempting drinks on the café menus are the ones with the highest levels of added sugars. But we all know that while yummy is the upside, the downside is dealing with the energy crash that can come after consuming a super sweet beverage. Not to mention, consuming too much sugar can be detrimental to our overall health, contributing to unwanted weight gain and increasing the risk of chronic diseases over time.
Starbucks recognizes that just because someone wants to be mindful about sugar doesn't mean they want to be limited to only offering black coffee or unsweetened tea. The beverage company has made sure that their menu includes many wonderful options between 0 and 10 grams of total sugar. Starbucks doesn't provide added sugar counts on their menu, so some of the sugar in these drinks may naturally come from milk, but much of it is added sugar from sweeteners and syrups. The recommended daily intake for added sugar per the American Heart Association is 25 grams (about 6 teaspoons) for women and 36 grams (about 9 teaspoons) for men.
Based on our findings, here are our top ten no-sugar to low-ugar options of grande-sized drinks (16 ounces) you can enjoy at your local Starbucks.
10 No- and Low-Sugar Starbucks Drinks
Caffè Americano (0g sugar)
This classic coffee is made with brewed espresso topped with hot water that offers no added sugars.
Iced Starbucks® Blonde Espresso Americano (0g sugar)
Not limited to hot beverages, this iced refresher is made of espresso shots topped with water to produce a light layer of crema, then served simply over ice. It's extra-smooth, subtly naturally sweet and nuanced, with no added sugar. You can add a splash of half and half for about 2 grams of sugar.
Iced Black Tea (0g sugar)
If you love to DIY, try a build your own iced black tea. For a slightly sweet flavor, add two pumps of your favorite flavoured syrup for only 10 grams of sugar. Or, keep it light by enjoying it as a sugar-free refreshment.
Chai Tea (0g sugar)
If you tend to avoid chai because most have a ton of sugar, here is the one for you. This bold, distinctive black tea is infused with warm clove, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger notes. This differs from their chai tea latte, which is made from a sweetened tea and has 42 grams of sugar in a grande. If you love a chai latte indulgence, add some grande steamed soy milk to your tea for only about 9 grams of sugar.
Jade Citrus Mint® Brewed Tea (0g sugar)
Starbucks offers a wide range of tea selections. This delicious green tea is blended with lemon verbena, lemongrass and a hint of spearmint for a bright, refreshing, citrusy beverage. And the best part is that you will not find a hint of sugar.
Peach Tranquility® Tea (0g sugar)
Want a caffeine-free drink? Try this combination of peach, candied pineapple, chamomile blossoms, lemon verbena and rose hips in an herbal tea that needs no added sweetness to satisfy and promises no jitters.
Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew (10g sugar)
This flavored cold brew is lightly sweetened with honey and topped off with almond milk.
Caffe Misto (10g sugar)
This drink, made with half fresh-brewed coffee and half steamed milk, is a great option for those who want a lower-sugar brew. There's no sugar added to this misto—all the sugar in this beverage is naturally from milk, which also gives you some protein, vitamins and minerals.
Flavored Coffee (10g sugar)
Want to choose your own adventure? You can get your coffee with two pumps of flavored syrup for only 10 grams of sugar. Choose from vanilla, hazelnut, peppermint, toffee nut or any other flavor offered by your local Starbucks.
Modified London Fog Latte (10g sugar)
If you love the London Fog Tea Latte, try this lower-sugar version. Ask your barista to combine one pump of vanilla syrup in an Earl Grey tea with steamed soy milk for a perfect cuppa with only 10 grams of sugar.