Starbuck’s Tazo Tea Latte: Healthy or Not?

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To escape the world of oversized “venti” coffee drinks with too much sugar and whipped cream, some people turn to tea. Fortunately, the Starbucks lovers of the world can still get tea and tea lattes at their local Starbucks store. But even tea is unhealthy when it has too much sugar and milk. Such is the case with Starbucks Tazo Tea Latte made with Earl Grey tea. It sounds like a healthy alternative to a fancy coffee drink, but is it?

 Nutritional Information for Starbucks Tazo Tea Latte

Even if you buy the non-fat version of the Tazo Tea Latte at Starbucks, you’ll get a surprising number of calories. A 20-ounce cup of this tea latte flavored with bergamot is going to set you back 200 calories. Not as bad as some of Starbucks more decadent coffee creations, but you expect more from a Starbucks Tazo Tea Latte made with non-fat milk. Where do all of those extra calories come from?

The problem is the 40 grams of sugar this non-fat drink contains. To make up for the lack of fat, Starbucks adds an all too generous helping of vanilla syrup to give it more flavor. This is equivalent to the sugar in a 1 ½ standard-sized Hershey’s chocolate bar. Which would you rather have? If you order your Starbucks Tazo Tea Latte with whole milk, you’ll boost the calorie count to 280 calories.

 Better Alternatives to Starbucks Tea Latte

You can reduce the carbohydrate damage by requesting sugar-free vanilla flavoring rather than the overly sweet full-sugar version. Another option is to order an Earl Grey tea and add non-fat milk to it.

The key to success at Starbucks is to stay away from the flavoring syrups, which are usually loaded with sugar – and order your drink with non-fat milk. The sugar-free vanilla flavoring won’t detract from the experience, and you’ll save almost 40 grams of sugar. Hold off on the whipped cream, of course.

The bottom line? Just because it’s made with tea doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Read the nutritional fine print before ordering a Starbucks Tazo Tea Latte.


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