- Starbucks launches the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso on March 2nd.
- The new drink contains Starbucks Blonde Espresso with brown sugar and cinnamon – and everything is topped off with oat milk and ice cream.
- Dietitians say the drink’s nutritional information isn’t bad when compared to the chain’s other sugary offerings, but should still be consumed in moderation.
From March 2nd you can enjoy two new plant-based drinks. In addition to the Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso, oat milk fans can try this Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso. It is made with Oat milk, which will now be available in Starbucks locations across the country, along with other non-dairy soy, coconut and almond dairy products.
According to Starbucks, the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso contains Starbucks Blonde Espresso with brown sugar and cinnamon – and everything is topped off with oat milk and ice cream. What does this mean for the nutritional information of the drink? We asked dietitians to weigh up.
Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Nutritional information
This is what you can expect in the nutrition department when you have a great Ipress Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso by Starbucks:
- Calories: 120
- fat: 3 g (0 g saturated fat)
- carbohydrates: 20 g
- protein: 2 g
- Sodium: 120 mg
- Fiber: 1 g
- sugar: 13 g
Is the Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso healthy?
While this isn’t necessarily a health drink (and has never claimed to be), dietitians say it isn’t a bad choice when compared to other options. “It’s definitely less sugar than many of the other drinks in the chain,” says Jessica Cording, MS, RD, author of The little book of the game changers.
oats is also free of milk, gluten, soy and tree nuts and 100% vegan certified. All of these can be helpful if you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, says Gina Keatley, CDN, of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy in New York City. “The oat milk also contains something Vitamin B12 That’s an almost impossible nutrient if you’re a strict vegan, “she says.
However, experts say there are a few things to consider before ordering. “A grande will still use 120 calories, mostly from the 13 grams of sugar,” says Keatley. There’s not a lot of fat and protein to make up for those sugars, so you could have a blood sugar crash after ingesting it, says Cording. (Read: That Misty Afternoon Slump.)
If you’re keen to try the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, Keatley recommends pairing it with a fiber-filled snack (think of a handful of almonds or popcorn) to keep your blood sugar at an even level.
Overall, however, experts agree that it is best to think of the new drink as something you have here and there compared to your new regular. “A drink like this might be nice reward, but it doesn’t offer a lot of stamina,” says Cording. “But indulgence now and then? Certainly.”
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