Starbucks Menu Items Compared To Other Delicious Things

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A Starbucks Corp. new low calorie vanilla latte and mini sparkle doughnuts are arranged for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. New Yorkers were more inclined to buy coffee from Starbucks Corp., especially from stores near a Dunkin' Donuts outlet, after restaurant chains were required to display calorie counts on products, researchers found. Photographer: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images
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In the great perpetual quest to make ourselves healthy, it's easy to slip up when it comes to daily habits, like buying Starbucks or other morning coffees. But as one Seattle artist demonstrates, those drinks you have everyday might actually be worse for you than anything else you eat.

Ryoko, a self-described "Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle," runs the website I ♥ Coffee, which features a ton of caffeine-related information and gorgeous illustrations. Among these are a collection of comparisons between popular Starbucks drinks and a slew of nutritionally bereft foods.

Besides just the calories, there's also other nutritional information to take into consideration. Sugar, for example, is increasingly being recognized as seriously detrimental to health, with the WHO recently lowering the recommended daily amount to no more than ten per cent. According to the Daily Mail, everything from a can of Pepsi to a Starbucks caramel frappuccino exceeds that on its own.

Of course people will always want treats, and having these every once in a while isn't the worst thing in the world. But as Ryoko puts it on the site, "It's easy to transform your morning coffee into liquid dessert." As for the alternative? That's where you have to learn to love black coffee.

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