This Friday, Starbucks is doing a very nice thing: They are offering you and me a free Refreshers beverage. Made from fruit and coffee extract, these drinks look and sound really, well, refreshing and healthy…but, you may want to skip them altogether. An no, not because they are loaded with calories like some of their other fatty beverages.
First the good news: This Friday, July 13, from Noon to 3pm, Starbucks is giving away free 12 ounce (tall) Refreshers to customers. You can choose from Cool Lime or Very Berry Hibiscus. Now the bad news: Even though they say they’re made with real fruit, they are not nearly as healthy as you think. In fact, they’re not healthy at all.
According to their website, the Very Berry Hibiscus contains “real fruit juice and whole blackberries shaken with Green Coffee Extract for a boost of natural energy, served over ice.” But it also contains virtually no nutrients–unless you consider 0.9% Vitamin C worthwhile. It also has 0% Vitamin A, calcium and iron. True, a 12 ounce cup only has 11 grams of sugar and 60 calories (which is pretty good for Starbucks), but when you get something that says it contains “real fruit”, where’s the nutrition?
The Cool Lime Refresher is not any better…sorry. It is said to include “real fruit juice, mint and a lime slice shaken with Green Coffee Extract for a boost of natural energy, served over ice.” Sounds delish, but it too only has 0.9% Vitamin C and zilch of everything else–even though it only has 40 calories and nine grams of sugar.
So get your free Refresher on Friday (I might, just out of curiosity)–just don’t expect them to be healthy.