This Secret Starbucks Keto Drink Is Insanely Delicious
But is it actually healthy?
Yes, the ketogenic diet is a restrictive diet, given that only 5 to 10 percent of your daily calories are supposed to come from carbs. But that doesn't mean people aren't willing to find any hack possible to make the eating plan work for them. And that includes creating a new Starbucks keto drink.
The hashtag #ketostarbucks is blowing up on Instagram to help other keto dieters figure out what they can and can't have while they're in ketosis. (Pro tip: Here's a complete guide to keto Starbucks food and drinks.) The latest trend to come out of it? The Peach Citrus White Tea drink, or Keto White Drink for short, which would go along with the color-themed names of "secret menu" Starbucks drinks. That's where this drink comes from-you won't find it on the standard menu, but devoted Starbucks fans know that ordering off the secret menu can get you some fan-favorite drinks.
The Keto White Drink comes from the Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion, a blend that's typically off-limits for keto followers because it's sweetened with liquid cane sugar that knocks the carb count up to 11g per serving. Most people following a keto diet don't have more than 20g of carbs in an entire day, so they'd have to sacrifice an awful lot of their daily calorie intake to make that drink happen and still stay in ketosis. (Related: Keto Smoothie Recipes That Won't Kick You Out of Ketosis)
Which is why people are instead turning to this secret menu drink. To get it, ask your barista for Unsweetened Peach Citrus White Tea, a splash of heavy cream, two to four pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, no water, and light ice. Customers are saying that the blend tastes like peaches and cream. And because you're using sugar-free syrup and unsweetened tea, it's completely carb-free.
But just because the Keto White Drink is technically allowed doesn't mean it's healthy. You might want to think twice before slurping it down, because the only nutrient in the drink is fat from the heavy cream, says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., a registered dietitian in New York City. "The Unsweetened Peach Citrus White Tea by itself would be a much healthier option," she says. "[It's] a hydrating beverage with just a dash of caffeine, and it's normally a rather healthy choice without the other additives."
Keto dieters are likely ordering this fattened-up version because the daily fat requirement-75 percent of your total calories-is so high. But Rizzo doesn't think that's a worthy excuse. "For anyone following the keto diet, I would suggest getting your fat from unsaturated food sources like nuts, avocados, oils, fish, and seeds," she says.
So if you're turning to the Keto White Drink as a #treatyoself beverage, sure, go ahead and order it occasionally. Just don't make it your go-to order. These high-fat foods are way more satisfying, anyway.