Reading the nutrition label, by now, should be natural for you, just like to slow down in a "STOP" sign. In general, you should look both ways - or rather the content of calories, fats and carbohydrates - before moving forward. But what the label does not specify is that there is more than meets the eye, and sometimes even the simplest ingredients can be the most complicated. That is why we ask the best experts to study the good and the bad of those simple things with which we feed our bodies, as well as how they can affect our health. This week we will have on the bench...
THE SUSPECTIVE: The Starbucks Blended Caramel Frappuccino
THE DETECTIVES: Mira and Jayson Calton, Ph. D., a husband and wife team, whose latest book "Rich Food, Poor Food (Poor Food), is the continuation of his best-selling book "Naked Calories".
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: (for a 20-ounce cup, or Venti) 510 calories, 17g of fat, 84g of carbohydrates, 81g of sugar and 6g of protein.
INGREDIENTS: Frappuccino base, caramel sauce, caramel syrup, ice, whipped cream.
Frappuccino Base: This special blend contains sugar, water, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate, citric acid (Do not be fooled, this citrus flavor is made almost exclusively from corn genetically modified), caramel color (more on this later), and xanthan gum (a thickening agent). There is caffeine there too (approximately 130 mg). The good news is that coffee is the number one antioxidant source in the US diet. UU It has 300% more antioxidants that fight diseases than black tea and 3, 333% more than an apple. Despite all these health benefits, coffee can still be the most intensely chemically treated food product in the world. The purchase of organic coffee reduces the use of harmful synthetic fertilizers and helps maintain a clean water supply, but unfortunately these Frappuccinos are not made with organic matter. For some reason, Starbucks stopped offering organic products as an option.
Caramel sauce: If you've ever made candy yourself, you know it's made up of only three ingredients: whipped cream, butter and sugar. But that is too expensive to mass produce. It is much cheaper to make a viscous and sweeter sauce with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, butter, cream, water, fat-free milk powder, natural flavor, monoglycerides and diglycerides, potassium sorbate, lecithin soy, and baking soda. The key element to be careful here, in addition to the high fructose corn syrup (one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic in the United States), are the additives called monoglycerides and diglycerides, which are labeled as emulsifiers, but are really the trans fatty acids concealed (usually indicated as lipids, ie fats).This set of names allows foods containing these acids - associated with heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes - to be marketed as "0% trans fat."
Caramel syrup: Surprisingly, there is more sugar here - in addition to more water, natural and artificial flavoring, potassium sorbate, citric acid (more corn!), And caramel coloring. This dye is not just a typical dye. The coloring agent contains 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, two contaminants that are also found in beer and, in the worst of all, in cola drinks. This noxious coloring agent has been linked to lung, liver, and thyroid cancer.
Whipped cream: It looks white, right? In fact, there is caramel coloring in it, as well as cream of milk and vanilla syrup, which in turn consists of sugar, water, natural flavorings, potassium sorbate and citric acid. To make matters worse, this portion of whipped cream is responsible for more than 25% of the total calories of this drink.
Sugar: With 81 grams of sugar, drinking a Blended Caramel Frappuccino Venti from Starbucks will give you the same amount of sugar equivalent to: one full Kit Kat bar (22 g), one full bag of M & M peanuts (25 g), an entire box of Milk Duds (27 g), and four Gobstoppers Everlasting (7g). When was the last time you ate all those sweets in one go? Because refined sugar does not have any mineral of its own, when the body tries to process it, what it really gets are the essential micronutrients that are already in your body to be digested. In addition, sugar competes with vitamin C to enter your cells, which means that it blocks the pathway of C, which is what stimulates your immune system. It also inhibits the absorption of calcium and magnesium, as well as promotes addiction, so it is very likely that you feel dissatisfied after having drunk the last sip.
The verdict: Guilty.
The ruling: For a better drink in the afternoon, consider ordering a normal cup of coffee with cream or milk (skimmed, whole, almond or coconut). The protein's ability to resist and the richness of the fat will help you resist your cravings later, and make it less susceptible to delicious cakes (extra calories!) On the side of the cash register.