Wednesday, October 29, 2008

To Whip or Not to Whip

I bet you thought I was talking about spanking kids, right? Well, I'm not. I'm talking about something else very important...I'm talking about enjoying your favorite Starbucks beverage. To whip or not to whip, that is the question...the question I had a couple of days ago when I decided to check out the calorie difference in a light (skim milk, no whipped cream) pumpkin spice frappucino (my absolute fav Starbucks beverage) versus a regular (whipped cream and regular milk). Now let me say that ever since I found out you could do a light version (it was only a year or so ago. I learned from one of my more knowledgeable Starbucks friends), I have stuck with it; however, I've often wondered if it was worth giving up the yummy whipped cream. Let me tell you, IT IS! Check out what I found out:

A Grande Pumpkin Spice Frappucino with whip:
Calories: 400
Fat Calories: 130
Total grams of fat: 15
Saturated Fat (g): 9
Sodium (mg): 280
Carbohydrates (g): 62
Sugar (g): 53


Now check out the no-whip version:

Calories: 290
Fat Calories: 30
Total grams of fat: 3.5
Saturated Fat (g): 2
Sodium (mg): 260
Carbohydrates (g): 59
Sugar (g): 51

In terms of calories, fat calories, fat grams and saturated fat...HUGE difference. ENORMOUS!
I definitely think I'll stick with my light version. The whip doesn't taste that much better.


Ole Miss Mom said...

OOOoooo...good thing I asked for skim milk and lite whipped cream last time!!! I had NO idea...I wish they made them sugar free too....mmmmm

Stephanie said...

I don't know you but came across your blog while "blog hopping". I just had to share with you my love for the pumpkin spice latte, it's so good...although the java chip frappucino is my favorite...didnt know they made it in a "light". I have always opted for no I guess I'm not consuming too many calories! You're blog is really cute and inspiring.
Take care,

Shasta said...

Wow, I still couldn't give up my whipped cream, that just MAKES the drink for me. It's just not the same without it.

Rachael said...

Hmmmm....that is very interesting. I knew there must be a difference, but had no idea it was that much!