New Starbucks Energy Drinks Could Cause Gastrointestinal Issues

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A new Starbucks drink that’s been advertised as an all-in-one breakfast drink could have some unexpected health effects: gastrointestinal irritation.

The new “DoubleShot Coffee & Protein” drink joins a slew of other ready-to-drink Starbucks beverages such as iced espressos, teas, coffees, and frappuccinos. The new beverage touts both caffeine and 20 grams of protein, which is convenient for those who plan to work out in the morning. However, the drink combines caffeine with milk additives like casseinate, carrageenan, and milk protein concentrate, which are recognized as safe by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but can cause gastrointestinal problems for some.

In addition, the drink contains over 20 grams of sugar (or the equivalent of half a can of soda) derived from artificial substances like erythiritol. As Brooke Alpert, a registered dietitian, stated in a New York Daily News press release, “None of these sugars are going to do anything [beneficial] for your body…Protein at breakfast is a great way to start the day, but this isn’t the answer.”

A more natural but more time-consuming alternative is drinking one cup of 1% milk, which has 8 grams of protein, and 2 eggs (6 grams of protein each).

Note: The DoubleShot Coffee & Protein line was discontinued.



Cathy Nie

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