One evening after dinner out and a movie, my husband and I had some time to fill before the babysitter expected us home so we stopped off at Starbucks.
As an avid & daily matcha green tea drinker, that’s what I ordered: plain with just hot water. Powder + water = matcha.
When my cup was prepared, I retrieved it from the counter and settled into a chair to enjoy. I took a sip. It tasted like hot sugar water! I went back to the counter and shared with the barista that I didn’t want my matcha sweetened. Just the matcha tea powder and hot water, please.
She said that she added nothing but the green matcha powder. I asked her if it was pre-sweetened. She didn’t know. So I asked to see the matcha package.
The barista brought out the silver bag of Tazo matcha and I could not believe my eyes!
Ingredients: sugar and green tea powder
As you may or may not know, ingredients are listed in order of prevalence. This label tells me that with just two ingredients, it is 51% or more sugar. (If it were 50-50 you know they would have listed green tea first.) And there is no way to know just how much more than 51% it may actually be.
This infuriates me!
Why? Because people who are learning the myriad benefits of green tea, especially whole leaf matcha green tea, will choose it as a more healthful option to coffee. Yet they don’t know they are being SKUNKED with toxic powered sugar! Like this person here and this person here.
Someone choosing Starbucks matcha to help control their blood sugar imbalance is being pumped up with inflammatory, acidic sugar. It’s criminal! It’s deceptive marketing and every real matcha tea lover needs to inform the public that Starbucks “matcha” is anything but authentic. Please share this post far and wide.
Additional Resources:Carla Golden is a vegan nutritionist and a massage therapist in private practice specializing in therapeutic essential oils. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Holistic Health & Healing, she enjoys helping others discover the benefits and liberation inherent in a whole food, plant-based diet. The Vegan Key™ is her newest online nutrition program based on tried and true methods which foster performance, vitality, and purpose.