Starbucks New Drinks Called Obscene

Oct 08, 2002
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says that Starbucks new Coconut Crème and Vanilla Crème Frappuccinos are downright obscene (health-wise). The nonprofit organization named the two items to its list of Food Porn of the Month winners (or is that losers?).

According to CSPI, a 20-ounce venti serving of a Coconut Crème or Vanilla Crème Frappuccinos comes loaded with 870 diet-busting calories along with an entire day’s RDA of saturated fat.

Jayne Hurley, senior nutritionist, CSPI said, “I doubt that many people expect that a drink from Starbucks can be as bad for your arteries as a three-quarter-pound New York strip steak. If ever there were a poster beverage for requiring calorie information on menu boards, this is it.”

Moderator’s Comment: Should menus and/or menu boards
be required to supply nutritional information?

We doubt that anyone ordering a Coconut or Vanilla Crème
Frappuccino is terribly worried about calories or fat. That said, few people
who eat or drink anything new will do so without asking, “What’s in it?” Full
disclosure is not only consumer friendly, it can head-off future litigation
as in the case of the fat guy versus McDonald’s (See RetailWire 7/29/02, Man
Chains Obesity Responsibility to Fast Food
). [George
Anderson – Moderator

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