How Much Sugar in Starbucks’ New Fizzio Sodas?

Starbucks Fizzio Trio


Starbucks is rolling out new drinks for the summer. In a press release on Monday, the coffee-shop behemoth announced 3 sodas:

Fizzio™ Handcrafted Sodas are carbonated fresh and debut in three classic flavors with a Starbucks twist – Spiced Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Lemon Ale. Each Fizzio soda contains no artificial flavors, no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup and has 100 calories or less in a Grande (16 fl. oz.)…

100 calories may not seem like much, but keep in mind that they are all from sugar. How much sugar? Each gram of sugar is 4 calories, so 100 calories contain 25 grams of sugar. Every 4 grams of sugar is a teaspoon. That works out to approximately 6 teaspoons of sugar for a 2 cup serving (16 fl. oz.).

Is this a lot of sugar? Compared to Coke, Pepsi, and other sodas – 12-14 teaspoons of sugars per similar serving size – no it’s not.

Assuming no zero-calorie sweeteners have been added, this sounds like a not-too-sweet treat. We’ve written to Starbucks inquiring about the exact ingredient makeup of the Fizzio drinks and will let you know once we are sure.


Below are the ingredients for each of the 3 flavors. After water, sugar is the first ingredient. “Natural Flavors” are added to each of the drinks too. What are these “Natural Flavors”? Not something you would find in your kitchen.

Fizzio Handcrafted Lemon Ale  
Water, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Brown Sugar, Ginger Puree, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Ginger Powder.

Fizzio Handcrafted Golden Ginger Ale
Water, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Ginger Juice, Ginger Puree, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Ginger Powder.

Fizzio Handcrafted Spiced Root Beer
Water, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Natural Flavors, Molasses, Honey, Spices, Color (Caramel), Citric Acid.

Do you see yourself sipping on a Fizzio this summer?

  • Derek

    I tried the spiced rootbeer drink few weeks back. I wasn’t a fan of the taste, plus it wasn’t exactly cheap.

  • Eric

    Black coffee is the way to go

    • jadegreen_eyz

      I really like Micky D’s coffee – one large – 2 sugars with 6 creamers and only a $1.10 (includes tax) with free refills (if you linger for a while). I’ve never had Starbucks. Should I consider myself deprived?

      • Eric

        I’ve never had Starbucks coffee either. Its just overpriced coffee with fancy names.

        • jadegreen_eyz

          Precisely why I have never purchased anything from Starbucks, Eric. I’ve never been much of a follower of trends.

  • PeaCat

    Black iced tea with NO SWEETENER is my summer beverage of choice. Never got into the brown fizzy sugar water.

  • Elizabeth Wilcox

    How many grams of sugar should we be eating a day. I eat 2 servings of fruit a day so when I look at daily gram total it is rather high ( 50-80 grams) I know that the recommended 6 teaspoons is added sugar not sugar that comes from fruit and veggies. How do you know how much sugar you are eating from added sources.

  • H2O

    When I do drink tea I love it with lemon and honey..

  • No Beaver Butt Juice

    No, “Natural Flavors” mean unknown chemicals. I will take sugar any day over artificial sweeteners but not “Natural Flavors” no thank you to Beaver Butt Gland Juice.

  • Arania Lawakiro

    Sounds delicious, but as a pre-diabetic I need artificial sweeteners in most drinks.

    However, when I’m out and about I either bring flavored water with me or just have a Coke Zero. At home, it’s currently lots of self-made ice tea with stevia.

  • Morebaconplease

    I’ll stick with my own mega cheap kombucha or a giant homemade iced coffee with a whopping 3 or 4 teaspoons of simple syrup.

  • Utopia

    Nope, no desire to try this. I love my plain ole carbonated water. Drinking sugar is a waste of a treat. I’d much rather enjoy it in a special treat I can chew and savor.

  • jacob

    i definetly don’t trust the “natural flavors” becuase you dont know what is in these “natural flavors” and i doubt the are natural