Starbucks’ “Keto Drink” may not be as Keto friendly as you think

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There have been news of the recent Starbucks’ Keto-Friendly White Drink that has been buzzing all across the web!

Although it fits in a ketogenic diet better than many drinks on the menu, this white drink does not support a true ketogenic state.

According to Bulletproof, the brand who launched the fat-for-fuel movement with their Bulletproof coffee, notes that the Starbucks White-Drink includes a sugar substitute called sucralose. Sucralose is a common sugar substitute often advertised as low-carb or diabetic-friendly. New research shows that sucralose may ultimately raise blood sugar by altering your gut bacteria, and ultimately won’t support ketosis.

The Starbucks White Drink also contains heavy cream — a dairy product that’s technically keto-friendly, but not the highest-quality source of fat. Between pasteurization that oxidizes the fats in cream and lactose that can upset your stomach, conventional heavy cream can behighly inflammatory — making it more of a “dirty keto” option.

What’s the takeaway? Your Starbucks White Drink needs an upgrade. Please find below a quick DIY from Bulletproof on how you can make a true keto-friendly Starbucks’ White Drink at home.

This Bulletproof recipe is a clean, anti-inflammatory spin on the OG Starbucks white drink — with optional upgrades to support a more ketogenic state.

Start to Finish: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup boiling filtered water
  • 2–3 bags of organic peach white tea with no added sugar or artificial flavors, such as Rishi
  • 2–3 tablespoons full-fat canned coconut milk (BPA-free)
  • 3–6 drops of liquid stevia or monk fruit, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice

Optional: 1 tablespoon MCT oil or Brain Octane Oil


  • In a mug, add boiling water and tea bags. Steep tea for 4 minutes (or as instructed on the box), then remove and discard tea bags.
  • Add tea to a high-powered blender with coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla, oil, and ice, and blend until slushy. For a non-blended version, simply blend liquid ingredients and pour over ice.
  • Taste the mixture, and add more sweetener, ice, or vanilla if needed and blend or mix again until smooth.
  • Serve with chocolate muffins, breakfast wraps, or oat-free oatmeal for the ultimate keto-friendly breakfast.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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