6 Reasons Your Starbucks Order Probably Isn't Healthy

6 Convincing Arguments To Ditch Your Starbucks Order For Something Healthier

Whether it be a hot chocolate or a frappuccino, it's considered "cool" to go to Starbucks. However, when we look at the sugar, carbs and fat content in the drinks, we know that kids shouldn't be drinking it.

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Starbucks, known for its wide range of delicious drinks, sandwiches and cake pops might be the reason why so many Americans are obese. It's come to the point where Starbucks drinks are replacing regular meals. Is this healthy at all?

1. SUGAR... and far too much of it

I'm sure you've heard of it before: sugar is bad for you. But have you ever thought of how much sugar is really in our Starbucks drinks? On nutrition labels, sugar is usually measured in grams. However, sometimes it is hard to try to picture what a certain amount of grams of sugar looks like in reality. Did you know that a Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee has 65 grams of sugar? Now 65 grams sounds like a lot, but what is it actually? Well, it's equal to about 16 teaspoons of sugar. Yup.

Other drinks like the Caramel Brulee Latte, Green Tea Latte, Eggnog Latte, and the Chai Tea Latte contain 42-52 grams of sugar. Many Americans chose to go to Starbucks right before work or school in the morning. However, many of the drinks we order have tons of sugar and we shouldn't be starting off the day with that much sugar. It just isn't healthy for you AT ALL.

2. Caffeine is truly a monster that wants to take over your body

Coffee is addicting. There's simply no other way to put it. Caffeine is the main ingredient in coffee that makes it so addicting. It is also the reason why you get a sudden burst of energy to get your day started or even to pull an all-nighter. However, is caffeine even good for you? The answer is no. Studies have shown that caffeine can spike up blood pressure levels and is not good for your heart. Instead of coffee in the morning, you can try green tea. It has natural caffeine that doesn't affect your health.

3. Carbs, carbs and more carbs!

Not only do the sandwiches have carbs, but the drinks do too. More than eating junk food and drinking drinks with a lot of carbs, it is actually better to eat healthy carbs in moderate amounts. Usually, people will order cake pops or grab some chips to do with their drink. Especially for those who are in a hurry in the morning, it's easier to just pick up something that has more carbs than something that is low-carb and healthy. A lot of people think the drinks don't have carbs but actually, most of the drinks do have them. Be careful of what you put into your body.

4. Endless amounts of whipped cream

You're at the counter and the cashier asks if you would like whipped cream or no whipped cream with your drink. What do you say? It's no secret that drinks taste better with whipped cream. Did you know that there are 80 calories in the whipped cream alone? So when you put whipped cream on frappuccinos, it's like layering sugar on sugar. It's a recipe for disaster. Do yourself a favor and skip the whipped cream.

5. Some drinks have protein

Hellooo peppermint mocha. 13 grams of protein? If it has protein in it, it must be good for you, right? WRONG! Forget about the protein, it has no effect when all that sugar is mixed in too. Don't let the grams of protein trick you. It's important to understand that the amount of sugar can affect the nutrition levels of a drink.

6. What about kids?

We know that kids love going to Starbucks. Whether it be a hot chocolate or a frappuccino, it's considered "cool" to go to Starbucks. However, when we look at the sugar, carbs and fat content in the drinks, we know that kids shouldn't be drinking it. Many people say that obesity starts from childhood and with restaurants and chains that put a ridiculous amount of sugar in their drinks and food. No wonder why America has the highest rate of obesity. So from now on, please look at the content percentages in your drinks and food and think if it is the right thing to put into your body. If we start taking care of our bodies, we can beat obesity together.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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6 Types Of Coffee, Ranked

Just like there are different styles of art, there are different brews of coffee, each great in their own way.

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I have a major coffee addiction and if you're like me you need caffeine to function during the day. I enjoy coffee no matter what, but the specialty coffees are definitely a fun way to spice up the day.

Here is a list of what brews of coffee are better than the others.

1. Iced Coffee

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Iced coffee is by far the best type of brew. First off, you do not have to wait for it to cool down and the flavor in the coffee itself is heightened due to the temperature. Iced coffee also allows people who like to chew ice a time to shine. Also, iced coffee is great to consume in any season.

2. Cappuccinos

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Cappuccinos offer all of the basics and nothing fancy, which makes it just good enough to be special and practical. The brew consists of about 1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk, and 1/3 foam. Additionally, most places will flavor the coffee to spice it up a little. Cappuccinos give you the exact boost you need in the morning with a little variety to make it special.

3. Mochas

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Mochas are a mix of 1/4 espresso, steamed milk, foam, and chocolate syrup. It is a little more than the basics for a specialty coffee, which makes it more fun. Mochas are definitely for people who have more of a sweet tooth but is still good either way.

4. Macchiatos

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Macchiatos are a double shot of espresso and steamed milk. The double shot gives an extra boost for the day and the steamed milk gives it some flavor and fun. Macchiatos are so good to get you going in the morning and can be flavored for some more variety.

5. Espresso

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PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Just a boost of energy and that is it. This will get you going and keep you moving when you need it.

6. Americano

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The Americano is espresso diluted with hot water. Although this is good, it is not very special compared to the other brews. The flavor is unchanged since water is just added and can be drunk in higher amounts since it is diluted down.

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