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This photo provided by Starbucks shows the company's “Unicorn Frappuccino." Starbucks says its newest beverage not only changes colors with a stir of the straw, but flavors as well.

April 20, 2017

There are 15 teaspoons of sugar in a grande Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

The amount in a 16-ounce drink far exceeds the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit

Even Mary Poppins, the umbrella-flying nanny, would likely wave a disapproving wand at Starbucks’ new Unicorn Frappuccino, which has 15 teaspoons of sugar swirling in each 16-ounce serving.

The limited-time, color-changing concoction that’s been filling your Instagram feed far exceeds the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sugar limit for both men and women in every one of Starbucks' serving sizes.

The American Heart Association caps the recommended daily limit of sugar at 25 grams a day for women and 36 for men. A tall Unicorn Frappuccino, Starbucks' smallest size at 12 ounces, contains 39 grams of sugar.

A grande Unicorn Frappuccino (16 ounces) contains 59 grams of sugar, or about 15 teaspoons, and a 20-ounce venti contains 76 grams of sugar.

If you’re wondering what 76 grams of sugar does to your body, there was a study on that.

For visual reference, a venti Unicorn Frappuccino has the same amount of sugar as about seven Krispy Kreme doughnuts.