To enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day can add a little enjoyment to your life. However, if you are a dieter it’s not the easiest thing in the world determining what you should eat or drink when the need arises. Those of you on a ketogenic diet may have a surprise in store at Starbucks with their ‘secret menu’ that includes the trendy ‘Peach Citrus White Tea’ drink. Aly Walansky, Today.com, reflects on the Starbucks “secret menu,” including the off-the menu drink that you may favor:
But if you’re trying to cut back on frappuccinos, sweetened iced teas and icy vanilla lattes, Starbucks is the last place you’d go … until now. Maybe.
A new, off-the-menu drink at the coffee chain has been showing up on plenty of social media feeds lately and, unlike the sugar-laden Unicorn Frappuccino, this beverage is actually keto friendly. But is it any good?
The Peach Citrus White Tea is a modified version of the chain’s official Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion (that actually exists on Starbucks’ menu), and while the original drink blends fruit and botanical flavors mixed with Starbucks’ Iced White Tea, this new blend adds a splash of keto-friendly fat to the mix with cream.
The tea blend in the infusion is keto friendly because it has zero grams of carbs and zero grams of sugar, but in the blended beverage there is added liquid sugar, which is a big no-no on the diet.
The solution for sweetness? Sugar-free syrup. The Peach Citrus White Tea is made up of the following:
- Iced, unsweetened Peach Citrus White Tea
- 2 to 4 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup
- A splash of heavy cream
That’s it! So far, people on Instagram are loving it, calling the drink “yummy” and like “a party in your mouth.”
But how does this all break down, nutritionally?
Starbucks’ Peach Citrus White Tea (unsweetened) has zero calories, no sugar and no fat, which is the same nutritional profile of its sugar-free syrups (regardless of how many pumps). But a tablespoon of heavy cream has about 50 calories and 5 grams of fat.
The original Grande Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion has 45 calories, 0 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs and no protein in a grande size.
So the keto version is obviously very different. “When you remove the liquid cane sugar, you’re removing all of the calories [and] carbohydrates,” Alix Turoff MS, RD, CDN, CPT, a nutrition consultant and certified personal trainer based in New York City, told TODAY Food.”
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