On a cool day, a hot beverage at Starbucks is sometimes just what you want. But you may get more than you bargained for in terms of unhealthy ingredients. The grande White Chocolate Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream, for example, contains 59 grams of sugar, well above the American Heart Association's recommendation of 24 grams per day for women and 36 grams per day for men.
The calories in a White Chocolate Mocha are dependent on the size, milk choice and whipped cream option. A lower-calorie choice is a tall size with nonfat milk and no whipped cream, which contains 270 calories. The highest-calorie option, a venti size made with whole milk and whipped cream, contains 620 calories.
A venti White Chocolate Mocha can contain up to 17 grams of saturated fat and 75 grams of added sugar. Saturated fat can lead to clogged arteries and heart disease, and added sugar can contribute to diabetes and high triglycerides. If buying a White Chocolate Mocha, stick to the tall size with nonfat milk and no whipped cream to minimize the saturated fat and sugar.