If you haven’t seen advertisements for the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino by now, you might be living under a rock. Pictures of vibrant pink and blue drink has kids, teens and Starbucks fans everywhere excited to try it. The swirl of cotton candy colors are topped with whipped cream and bright sprinkles. The popular coffee company has been advertising the limited-time drink as “Dazzling, Delicious & Oh So Rare.” “Catch it while you can,” they urge customers. “The Unicorn Frappuccino Blended Beverage is a color-changing, flavor-changing, sweet and pleasantly sour spectacle, here for only a few days.”
A fun-colored, sweet and sour Unicorn Frappuccino. What’s not to love? The ingredients, that’s what.
Harmful Ingredients In The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
Now, no one is claiming that this colorful drink is healthy. But if you break down the drink’s long list of ingredients, you might be surprised at how incredibly unhealthy it is. Some of the most concerning ingredients in the new Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino are:
- Carrageenan – Carrageenan has been linked to intestinal inflammation as well as cancer.
- Citric Acid – Citric acid is typically derived from mold made with GMO corn. It appears a total of eight times on the drink’s ingredient list.
- Mono and Diglycerides – This ingredient is a hidden form of trans fat. It has been linked to heart disease.
- Natural and Artificial Flavors – Natural and Artificial Flavors is a blanket term used cover up many ingredients. Each flavor may contain up to 100 different ingredients, including synthetic chemicals, solvents and preservatives, MSG, parabens and more.
Let’s Talk About The Sugar Content
If you already guessed that this brightly-colored drink is full of sugar, you’re 100% right. According to The American Heart Association, the average adult male shouldn’t consume more than 36 grams of sugar in a day. The average adult woman shouldn’t consume more than 25 grams a day. Just one medium-sized drink would put anyone way over their recommended sugar intake.
A grande Unicorn Frappuccino contains 59 grams of sugar. If you order a venti, you’re looking at 76 grams! Consuming one of these drinks is clearly unhealthy for adults, let alone children, which the pink and blue drink is most likely marketed toward.
The Unicorn Frappuccino is only the tip of the ice burg when it comes to the sugar problem in America. Many drinks contain insane amounts of hidden sugar.