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The Calories in Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Light

author image Stacey Phillips
Stacey Phillips is a registered dietitian and nutrition writer. She has had articles and patient information handouts published in the "Renal Nutrition Forum" and the "Journal of Renal Nutrition." She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and a Masters degree at Central Michigan University.
The Calories in Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Light
A frappuccino light offers a refreshing beverage with fewer calories than a regular version. Photo Credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

With the menu continuing to expand, Starbucks offers a wide variety of coffee frappuccino light options, in the flavors of caffe vanilla, caramel, coffee, java chip, and mocha, along with various seasonal beverages. To keep these versions light, drink sizes range from 12 to 20 ounces, are made with nonfat milk and eliminate the addition of a whipped topping.

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Calories per Drink

The calories in your frappuccino varies, depending on the size you select and on the amount of added syrup. In a grande 16-ounce frappuccino, the caffe vanilla offers 180 calories; the caramel has 140 calories; the coffee flavor includes 110 calories; the java chip provides 200 calories and the mocha version has 130 calories. If you choose a tall or venti, expect a difference of 20 to 70 calories per drink.

Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat Content

Since frappuccinos are made with coffee, milk, ice and syrup, they contain carbohydrates and protein. Two versions also have fat. In the different light versions, a grande averages between 24 to 40 grams of carbohydrate. The protein content ranges from 3 to 5 grams per drink. Most of the light versions are fat free, except for the java chip, which has 4 grams of fat and the mocha, which has 0.5 grams of fat.

Keeping It Light

Keep a few things in mind, when ordering a light frappuccino. Avoid any toppings like added chocolate shavings. Ask for sugar-free or a smaller amount of syrup. Also, stick with a smaller drink to control your caloric intake.

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