Gibson tells Mashed that this beverage, which is a cream-based cousin to the Caramel Frappuccino, lists sugar as an ingredient no less than six times and packs a total of 60 grams of the sweet stuff. “The American Heart Association recommends women limit sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day and men limit to 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day. For a woman, this frap is 2.4 days’ worth of added sugar,” Gibson says.
But wait, there’s more. “Beyond the sugar, this frap also contains corn syrup that your cells cannot use. In the liver, the fructose in corn syrup is rapidly metabolized into glucose, putting extra strain on the liver. The more fructose you consume, the harder your liver has to work, and the fructose contributes to fatty liver,” Gibson tells Mashed. She also points out that the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino contains trace quantities of other ingredients that could pack a wallop if they came in larger quantities.