The Unicorn Frappuccino: Stop Freaking Out Over Its Sugar Content

Yesterday, my news feeds were full of sparkly, pastel drinks from Starbucks — the unicorn frappuccino! In case you live under a rock, it’s a limited edition drink that is sweet and sour, but mostly Instagrammable. My favorite post so far has been by my friend, Tahnee.

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Today, my news feeds are full of people shaming the unicorn frappuccino for its high sugar and caloric content. My first reaction: duh?! WTF did you expect? It’s a pink drink with sparkly sprinkles. Of course there’s a lot of sugar. I didn’t realize how many people would be sharing their opinions on this treat, and it worries me for a couple reasons:

  1. ALL frappuccinos (and many other coffee beverages) contain ridiculous amounts of sugar. Are people not realizing what they’re drinking if they are doing so on a regular basis? Are caloric contents on Starbucks menus not properly educating consumers?
  2. Sugar exists in more places than we realize. A *healthy* Starbucks smoothie contains 41g of sugar compared to the 76g in a unicorn frappuccino. For comparison, a 20oz. South Acai’d from the Protein Bar has 65g of sugar. Even if you’re making your own smoothie at home, most smoothies are going to pack a sugary punch. I personally have a sweet tooth, and after overcoming my eating disorder, I’m the last person that will shamefully remind you that your food (whether it be yogurt, protein bar, or a fucking apple) has X grams of sugar. Those people suck. Don’t be that person.
  3. This is a limited edition treat. Whether or not they’ll abide, Starbucks claims they’re only around for a few days. If they do continue the drink, I doubt anyone will be ordering a unicorn frappuccino on a daily basis. If someone wants to enjoy a treat in moderation, let them do so.

I encourage eating whole, nutritious foods, but also living in balance. Judging others for their food choices leads to guilt, shame, and disordered eating. Whether it’s a donut, pizza, an alcoholic beverage, or a unicorn frappucino, we all deserve to indulge every once in awhile. Get off your high unicorn and stop judging people for their choices.

++ Mary K

 

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