Starbucks, Sugar and Your Smile

The next sentence won’t surprise anyone, but it should give you a quiet moment to think about what it means for you if you regularly visit Starbucks.

Starbucks hot coffee drinks have excessive sugar.

A recent study in England that tested the hot drinks at popular food and drink chains (including Starbucks, KFC, and McDonald’s) confirms what many of us expected.

You likely already know that sugar is an enemy of your tooth enamel. Sugar very often is the cause of cavities, so eating sugar and drinking sugary drinks is not great for your teeth.

So, it should give you a toothache to think about the fact that Starbucks’ Venti-sized, white chocolate mocha with whipped cream has 75 grams of sugar. Seventy-five grams of sugar?!

The cold drinks on the Starbucks menu were not tested, so those who love the Frappuccino drinks are still blissfully unaware of exactly how much excess sugar they are drinking. But any reasonable person can guess that even these drinks aren’t doing their teeth any good.

The FDA says that, for an average-sized adult, you should only eat/drink six teaspoons or 25 grams of added sugar. Recently, the World Health Organization is saying this recommended sugar intake should be halved. (Check back soon for our take on this new recommendation.)

We could jokingly say that people who daily drink one of these sugary drinks should switch to drinking Coca Cola: it still has caffeine, it is cheaper, and it has about half as much sugar (at about 10 teaspoons per can)! But even Coke, especially with its high acid content, isn’t a friend of teeth either.

For the sake of your teeth, the best drink for you is water.

If you love your hot coffee drink too much to stop, try not to let one cup last. Drink it in a short amount of time, and follow it with some water, to minimize the amount of time your teeth are in sugar.