You Should Never Order A Frappuccino At Starbucks. Here's Why

We can think of many reasons why a Starbucks Frappuccino is anyone's designated drink. If you order an espresso base, it delivers on the caffeine. If you're on the run, a Frap can be heavy enough to hold back the hunger until your next meal. And in the summer it beats back the heat as only a sweet iced drink can. 

But what if we told you that this icy goodness has a price, and that the price may be a bit too high for our bodies to afford? One New York-based Starbucks worker gave SheFinds the skinny on the Frap, which may as well be on a list labeled "Order With Caution." "I don't think anyone thinks about how much sugar they're drinking when they order a Frap like the Zombie, which has fake apple and caramel flavors and pink-dyed whipped cream," the worker said. "Another Frappuccino that is famously bad, like so bad it's become a running joke, is the Chocolaty Chip Créme Frap, which has more than 400 calories — just for a grande."

This employee isn't wrong. Starbucks says its grande White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino contains 410 calories (140 of which are from fat) and an eye-watering 62 grams of sugar. A grande Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino has 470 calories (200 of which are from fat) and 57 grams of sugar.

Ordering Frappuccinos differently is an option

If you really can't do without your Frap, Starbucks still says there is a way to eat your cake and have it too. The coffee master says doing without whipped cream takes between 80 and 110 calories off your order. Another idea is to simply downsize your order — if you normally get a Venti Frap, get a Grande instead. 

Another way to help cut down on calories is to ask for fewer pumps of syrup, which you might find you don't miss at all once you get your drink — you'll still get that flavor you crave, but without all the extra calories.