There is nothing I enjoy more than waking up to a nice hot cup of coffee. I'll be the first to admit I have a caffeine addiction. Caffeine is associated with an increase in blood glucose and a reduced sensitivity to the insulin released from your pancreas. Caffeine does not directly affect beta cell secretion of insulin, but it enhances insulin secretion indirectly by increasing your body's resistance to insulin over time. That's not good.
This is only made worse if you put SUGAR in your coffee.
One of the world's largest coffee chains is Starbucks, serving millions of cups of coffee daily. Starbucks does offer sugar free drinks but some of the most commonly ordered beverages have enough sugar to satisfy the daily requirements of a small village.
For example, a 16-ounce Cinnamon Dolce Latte contains 40 grams of sugar. That's over 2 TABLESPOONS, which is the equivalent of eating 2 TWINKIES.
A Starbucks 16 fl oz Hot Chocolate contains 43 grams of sugar, Peppermint Hot Chocolate contains 61 grams of sugar and a White Hot Chocolate contains 62 grams of diabetic inducing sugar.
Most people order coffee which has no sugar, but a 16 fl oz Caffe Latte has 17 grams of sugar, Caffe Mocha has 35 grams of sugar, Cappuccino has 10 grams of sugar and finally the Caramel Macchiato has 32 grams of sugar.
It's no wonder there is a line out the door in most Starbucks. We're addicted to caffeine and sugar.
And not so fast you skinny people. Iced Skinny Flavored Lattes have 10 grams of sugar.
But if you want to overload your body with sugar then nothing beats the Caramel Apple Spice with 68 grams of SUGAR.
In 1998, Earvin "Magic" Johnson partnered with Starbucks in a joint venture, called Urban Coffee Opportunities, to open stores in underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. He has sold his 50% stake in more than 100 urban Starbucks (SBUX) stores back to the company in 2010.