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