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?