Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Starbucks Almond Milk Calorie Comparison

I adore coffee. For me it’s a treat, everyday! While at home I use my lovely Nespresso machine, but whenever I’m out, it’s Starbucks every time. I just love it. I always make sure I’m armed with my Starbucks thermos flask as this means I get a discount for bringing my own cup.

While my drink of choice is a Soya latte, Starbucks have now increased their range of alternatives to dairy milk. Last year they introduced coconut milk and now from March, Almond milk is also on the menu. If you’re looking to save calories, choosing almond milk can help.



According to the press release:
‘It’s 100% plant based, and when requested in a latte contains 49% less calories, 38% less fat and 47% less total sugars than a tall size latte with semi-skimmed milk.’

And some information about almonds also provided in the press release:

  • Almonds contain half the fat of peanuts and cashews;
  • Almonds are a natural choice for the health conscious. The combination of protein, fibre and monounsaturated fat found in almonds has been show to help people feel fuller, which tends to lower food consumption throughout the day;
  • Almond drink is also a source of calcium and is low in saturated fat.

While that facts above may be true, make no mistake, you won’t get any beneficial fibre or protein in an Almond latte! The percentage of almonds contained in the Almond drink is tiny (See my review). But it can certainly help cut down on the calories.

See the table below for calories differences.

Starbucks Latte Calorie Comparisons Almond Milk vs Dairy and Coconut Milk
  
Caffe Latte
Short
(237ml)
Tall
(354ml)
Grande
(473ml)
Venti
(591ml)
Semi Skimmed
95
143
188
248
Soya
75
110
148
185
Coconut Milk
81
121
163
204
Almond Milk
50
75
100
126


Source: Starbucks Spring 2017 Beverage Nutrition Information*

* Nutrition information for beverages is calculated based on Starbucks standard recipes.
Whole milk is based on 3.5% milk fat, this may differ slightly from milks in your region.
Because our beverages are handcrafted and may be customized, exact information may vary.
New product introduction, ingredient changes or recipe changes during the life of this publication may cause this information to be incomplete.

Alternative milks are growing in popularity and it’s great to have options for vegans and those who are dairy intolerant. But for me personally, I’ll be sticking with my soya lattes as almond milk just doesn’t do it for me in coffee.



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2 comments :

  1. I'd love to know who claimed that almonds contain half the fat of peanuts and cashews...

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    1. Yes you're right, the fat content is actually higher for almonds. I think they should be referring to saturated fat rather than just fat. Sat fat for almonds is just less than half sat fat found in cashews and peanuts.

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