A cup of Starbucks hot chocolate is a comforting treat in cold weather. While the drink won't ruin your diet, it's still best to consume in moderation.
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A beverage made using 2 tbsp. of Starbucks hot chocolate mix and water contains 80 calories, according to the MyFitnessPal website. The hot chocolate contain 2 g of fat, 1 g of which is saturated. It contains 16 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of which are fiber and 12 g of which are sugars, as well as 2 g of protein.
A large portion of the calories in Starbucks hot chocolate come from sugars. Added sugars, like those in hot chocolate, provide calories but little nutritional value. Consuming too many foods with added sugar may lead to tooth decay, weight gain and increased triglycerides, which increase your risk of heart disease, according to MayoClinic.com.
Mix your hot chocolate with water, not milk, to save calories and fat. Or use nonfat milk. Don't add whipped cream or marshmallows. Stick to one cup.