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Starbucks Holiday Drinks – Diabetes In A Cup? Real Doctor Reviews The Damage To Your Vital Organs ☕

November 8, 2019

Starbucks holiday drinks also known as a
cup of diabetes have been released again this year and today we’re going to talk
about what’s in them what is it that we need to be concerned with and what sort
of damage can they do to your body and your vital organs coming right up hey I’m doctor Ekberg
I’m a holistic doctor and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to
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this time of year for the last several years Starbucks have introduced a series
of specialty coffees in special mugs for the festive occasion and this year of
course it was such great news that there’s already multiple news channels
such as CBS FOX NBC and ABC that have posted videos on the internet who tell
us about how important this news is and what a big deal it is that we can now
have these specialty drinks this year there are five drinks that they have
introduced and as always when people comment on the nutritional value then
they’re only talking about how many calories there are in them they say and
this may not be so good for you because they have so many calories we don’t
really care about calories though we care about the things in there that
upset the balance in the body the hormonal balance in this review we won’t
comment on the taste or flavor we won’t pick any favorites we’re just gonna talk
about what are in these drinks and is it really worth to indulge in them if we
take the example of a grande that’s not the biggest drink the grande is 16
ounces and the largest is 20 ounces it seems like most people are selecting the
the grande the 16 ounces and then just the average among these five drinks not
the highest or lowest but average they contain on average 48 grams of sugar and
60 grams of carbs one drink and just for comparison a
Snickers bar is 28 grams of sugar about half of that and it has 32 grams of
carbs again about half so you could have essentially have two Snickers bars and
get the same amount of sugar as you would a grande now the Snickers bars
probably won’t give you even as much of a blood sugar spike because it also has
more fat and some protein in there to slow down the sugar a Coca Cola has 39
grams of sugar and of course that is rocket fuel in terms of blood sugar
because there’s nothing there to slow down that blood sugar absorption but
again a Coca Cola has about 2/3 of the sugar and carbs of a grande specialty
drink this video is not a bash on starbucks I love Starbucks I think they
are pretty much single-handedly responsible for bringing real coffee to
the United States I remember when coffee was completely
undrinkable it had the color of tea and nowadays you can actually get a good cup
of coffee in almost any place and that is much due to Starbucks so I like them
and it is my choice if I go someplace because it’s reliable I know what I’m
gonna get what they found as they were gaining popularity obviously they’re in
business to make money and they realize that caffeine is sort of addictive it’s
something that people really like to have on a regular basis but what’s about
a thousand times more addictive is sugar so if you combine the caffeine with the
sugar now you have the perfect business idea so they have started introducing
more and more specialty drinks they have the ice-t’s and the frappuccinos and the
lattes and the mocha sand all of these and they have all these pumps of syrup
that adds chemical flavors and sugar and sometimes artificial sweeteners to the
to the drinks and on a rough count I counted at least 50 I didn’t go
through all the menus and these were basically just the lattes and the mocha
sand the frappuccinos more than 50 specialty drinks and all of these are
going to be roughly in the ballpark of of this much sugar so what they’re doing
is they’re getting people hooked that they’re creating a habit where people
it’s sort of a sneaky way of getting candy in there that a lot of people who
said that oh well I don’t eat any candy I wouldn’t touch a Snickers bars I don’t
eat anything like that I just have a cup of coffee once in a while and they don’t
realize or maybe they do but they don’t sort of want to realize it that every
drink they have is like having multiple candy bars but again I don’t blame
Starbucks I think they’re doing what they need to do to make money and we
need to do what we need to do to stay healthy and we just need to keep that in
balance so why is Starbucks introducing it at this time of year why is the
holiday season such a perfect moment well the holiday season some people set
it to start after Thanksgiving and run through the Christmas holiday but in
reality it’s being stretched more and more and more and now it pretty much
goes from Halloween which is last of October so like Halloween or the day
after November 1st often marks the beginning of the holiday season so now
it’s sort of a free-for-all in terms of indulging we’ve we’ve created that
culture so what happens is people spend more money during these two months a lot
of businesses make most of their profit in the last quarter of the year because
we were spending money we’re spending money on presents but we’re spending
more money on everything we’re indulging and it’s also the time that we change
our mindset we figured oh I’ve been good all year and there’s all these Christmas
parties and all these opportunities and all these holiday drinks this is the
time to indulge we are good to ourselves we set certain limits but
during the holidays we just let everything fly and again Starbucks is in
business they’re a for-profit company so they will do everything smart that they
can to to make sales I can’t blame them for that but what else is that that we
want to think about that happens during the holiday season well the holiday
season is also the sugar season that’s where the cookies and the candy and the
drinks and all these things the parties come out it is also the stress season
okay people have their usual workload but in addition to that they have all
these parties and all these presents and all these trips to take so people
probably stress more in these two months than they do any other time of year so
because it is a sugar season and a stress season that means it’s also the
flu season because the two things that ruin that interfere with your immune
system that weaken your immune system the most are basically sugar and stress
so now everybody also gets the flu and in on top of everything it’s also the
weight gain season because we let loose because we eat all this sugar and now
this gets us ready for our new year’s resolutions so we can start another
round of yo-yo dieting so if you think about it I don’t believe that’s what
most people really want I think it’s tempting to indulging these
things but I also think that we don’t have to we can make some smarter
decisions if we have been on a low-carb diet if we have created some good habits
to get fat adapted then if we’re truly honest we don’t have that much cravings
anymore that most of these temptations are emotionals it’s not something that
the body is really screaming for it’s just there and so easy to jump on we
also have we can make very satisfying keto desserts and if you take for
example dark chocolate if you get my favorites about 70
eight percent cocoa in the chocolate then you can eat a half a bar and only
get eight grams of sugar then that means you could have half a bar of dark
chocolate every day and only equal about one of these drinks per week okay but
the drink is going to create a huge blood sugar spike whereas this is going
to be spread out and most of the calories are going to be from fat so
you’re not really going to see hardly any blood sugar fluctuations so once you
are fat adapted your taste buds change and you enjoy these things the dark
chocolate is very very satisfying if you get a piece of 60% chocolate it’s almost
unable it’s just too sweet so once you’ve developed these good habits don’t
let yourself fall back into those bad habits okay be strong it’s not worth it
so what is all this sugar do why is it not a good idea what’s the the really
big reasons except for the weight gain and the flus and all that what is it
really doing inside the body well the brain it really likes stable blood sugar
it loves if you’re in ketosis it loves ketones but what it does when you’re fat
adapted is your blood sugar is just rock solid super stable and when you eat
sugar especially when you drink it then it’s absorbed very quickly and you get
blood sugar fluctuations you get a blood sugar rollercoaster and for some people
the down part the bottom part of that is called hypoglycemia so now you get Moody
you get irritable you have poor focus you get cravings you get more prone to
anxiety and depression and in the long run so the first few are in the short
run that’s what happens kind of immediately but in the long run
glucose causes triggers insulin causes insulin resistance and as far as the
brain goes that will also be very strongly correlated with dementia there
is a strong cause have link between insulin resistance and
dementia today then when we look at the liver the liver is the first organ to be
to become insulin resistant because the sugar is 50% fructose and fructose is
the thing that really really clogs up the liver and creates fatty liver so
most non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by sugar and especially sugary
drinks because they’re absorbed so quickly and we don’t even realize that
that we’re getting all that sugar because it’s just a drink when we look
at the heart and the cardiovascular system it’s all of the things associated
with metabolic syndrome so high blood pressure increased cardiovascular
disease increased risk of stroke just to name a few when we look at the pancreas
the pancreas has to produce all that insulin to handle all that sugar so
we’re putting a tremendous burden on the pancreas and it’s got a lot of other
things to do it likes to digest food and even though there was a different areas
in the pancreas that do the food digestion and the sugar handling it’s
still one organ that kind of depends on the same resources and blood supply so
the longer you push the pancreas the more likely that you’re gonna have some
trouble with it the immune system like we said at first here the flu season is
because sugar weakens the immune system but the other thing it does it feeds all
your pathogens it’s a virtual buffet for all the stuff in the body that you don’t
want there the yeast fungus bacteria parasites and even cancer cells they
thrive on sugar your immune system suffers greatly from all that sugar so
there are many many reasons why you would want to avoid it if you care about
your vital organs and and your long-term health and something sort of humorous
occurred to me that you know with cigarettes they have realized now for a
while how bad rats are so all over the world they have
to put warning labels on cigarettes so on every package you buy that basically
tell you this product kills you it’s almost like a skull and crossbones on
every package so if you get if you use that product then at least you know what
you’re getting into and if we compare the number of people dying from
cigarettes versus insulin resistance the cigarette deaths are basically a drop in
the ocean and it’ll be a generation or so before they realize this in the
official lines but insulin resistance is the biggest killer of mankind that we
have and once we realize that what if we actually had to go the same way as the
cigarettes what if everything that had refined sugar especially large
quantities had to have a warning label then I think those those Starbucks cups
would look a little bit different what if they had a skull and crossbones on
them and it says warning cup of diabetes this will kill you and you’d hear in in
the Starbucks restaurant then and what will it be for you sir a cup of diabetes
okay and then when you pick up your order they say alright mr. Smith a cup
of diabetes alright next oh you just want a cup of coffee all right here you
go and next a cup of diabetes you get the picture but it’s not as ridiculous
as it sounds if we called it for what it is then I think people would make
smarter choices at least they’d think twice so what if you stick to your guns
this year and you stay with your New Year’s resolutions from last year you
keep your good habits and you maintain them through the holiday season
then when new year comes you don’t have to start from scratch you are ahead of
where you would have been and now you’ve got something to build on so your scale
will show it your mood will show it and your vital organs will thank you if you
enjoyed this video I’m sure that you’re gonna love this one
thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next video

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  • Reply Dr. Sten Ekberg November 8, 2019 at 11:42 am

    If you are overweight you will want to watch this next… learn how to reverse insulin resistance naturally

  • Reply Cheryl Coderre November 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Great I had one of those this morning… Gonna die! My vital organs are tainted. *thud*!

  • Reply isidora velentza November 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Lol I only drink sturbacks decaffeinated black espresso capsules .

  • Reply Chug-A-Lug Doug November 8, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Me: Let me have a extra large cup of sugareto please .
    Barista: would you like a side order of blindness sir ?
    Me : absolutely !
    Barista : What is your name sir:
    Me: my name is Diabeto.
    Barista : have a merry amputation sir !

  • Reply Biracial Keto November 8, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Love this because so many people are addicted to the sugary Starbucks drinks, I honestly just like to brew my own and add heavy whipping cream=)

  • Reply MatTroise November 8, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Great video Dr. Ekberg!!! I usually do a large decaf with heavy cream. What sugar substitute could you recommend for a coffee that's easy on the stomach?

  • Reply Harley Pebley November 8, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Oh, so Snickers are healthy food. 😀

  • Reply cnordegren November 8, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I find it bamboozling and in some ways comical that the average person falls to the trap to get to overpay for a novel form of diabetes delivery.

    …still not as innovative as Koreans are able to do nowadays as the are briging you extreme and crazy ways to give diabetes😁😁😁

  • Reply Dana RedWolf-Paul November 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Outstanding content as always and beautifully explained. Thank you!! 🐾🥑🐾

  • Reply mathfaster November 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I've called Starbucks, due to their heavy sugar laden drinks, the liquid Baskin Robbins. Not a whole lot of difference between them IMO:)

  • Reply Traveling Pair November 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Love your explanations

  • Reply veabruhilda November 8, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I only get the unsweetened cold brew with lots of heavy cream at starbucks… but that's if there are no other coffee shops and I just want some coffee. I would have it maybe once a month. Where I'm from, coffee is a local product, so I prefer buying the roasted beans from the market and brewing my own.

  • Reply 7189a November 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Thanksgiving=lotsa plates of diabetes, How do I decline without insulting the host?

  • Reply Mohamed Elattar November 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I will never buy from Starbucks again 😂

  • Reply Abir C November 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I always use monk fruits sugar it’s delicious it doesn’t have after taste never liked these places all sugars🤐 I wish I can click the like button couple times 🙏and thank u for the great information dr. Ekberg 🙏

  • Reply Farmer Dude357 November 8, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    You are one cool dude. Say it how it is.

  • Reply Black Bunny November 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    If politics just had the balls to ban refined sugar.

  • Reply Doug Livingstone November 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Why do Vegan's with a high percentage of their calories coming from carbs have low rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease?

  • Reply Nikolas Kotis November 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Brilliant video. Thanks doctor.

  • Reply Linda Stoner November 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I loved this video!! So answers my question I sent you last week!! Thanks again!!

  • Reply Frank Shattuck November 8, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    A question doc. I make sauerkraut from red cabbage. How can the bacteria reach my colon ? My stomach will destroy the bacteria before it reaches the colon won't it?

  • Reply D Belles November 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Dr Ekberg for this important information. And having the courage to make people aware of the facts. Keep up the great videos. I always learn a lot from your topics.

  • Reply Elizabeth Patton November 8, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    🤣! I say this all the time!!

  • Reply Franklin Taylor November 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Am a quick metabolizer of caffeine, and stick to the decaf.

  • Reply Moe X November 8, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Always order regular coffee!

  • Reply zeshef November 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Love this perspective. Can you also talk about how the body goes into natural state of IR when on vLC diet, to spare glucose JUST only for where it is needed? It makes me wonder whether or not LCHF actually helps with IR or perhaps it makes the body event more IR (for good reason). I've noticed bigger BG spikes when I eat something even mildly-carb after months of nutritional ketosis.

  • Reply QBaT Mobile November 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Dr. Ekberg
    I can't believe you've made a video on a subject I read yesterday.
    I have never had a Starbucks coffee. Smell of their coffee is too sugary for me like cotton candy. Maybe someday I will try their products but that's a large maybe.
    I loved your IR infomations and a drop of your personal experience 🙂
    As usual you've made a great video mate.

  • Reply Pragheza Gotica November 8, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Just looking out of curiosity… I do not buy from Starbucks, only from Costa Coffee and then I have a plain Americano no sugar, no milk. I think if you love coffee and like to play with flavors you just enjoy it plain. Milk, flavors, syrups all adulterate the flavor. When I brew coffee at home, I also drink it plain or add one stevia sweetener. If I want feel reaylly naughty, a drop of good cognac or rum are fine.

  • Reply Athena Kregel November 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Ive been saying this for years how sodas and other sugary drinks should come with warning labels like cigarettes complete with graphic pictures of osteomyelitis or other progressive diseases due to diabetes.

  • Reply Sonia Rangel November 8, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you Dr. Ekberg! I was checking out the sugar and carb contents in those drinks yesterday. It's shocking how much sugar, and chemicals are added!! I'll stick to my standard Americano.

  • Reply 2Timone7 November 8, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I don’t waste money at Starsucks. I make my own coffee the Cowboy Kent Rollins way.

  • Reply Morgan Aundrea Hansen November 8, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I was having major cravings this morning and I was battling if I would cheat. This video came up and now I'm good. Just needed the reminder on why I am doing this for myself.

  • Reply kaxitaksi November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Why is this even legal?

  • Reply Marion Öschelmüller November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Dr. Ekberg, I´ve been watching some of your videos and what I don´t really understand is, why the body would care to change the insulin resistance on keto, because if the body is now fuelling only on fat, why would it care about sugar uptake? Except if it were like (heard someone else talk about that) that you actually need a small amount of sugar (but you could get it from converting proteins as well) and now the body doesn´t get as much it must see that it gets enough for the cells (or certain kinds of cells?). And what I would just like to know about more also relating regulation of the insulin balance, because it blocks my understanding kinda is, how ketons (or maybe also amino acids if you are well adapted??) interact with insulin. I have heard you mention something about that they do interact in one of your videos, but didn´t explain more of it. Is it like insulin gets ketons into the cells and out of the bloodstream as well and what hormon then makes the cells release the fat when needed (like with sugars glucagon)? I am so annoyed because we weren´t taught this in 12 years of school AND I am third semester in teacher´s studies in biology and guess what? Heard nothing of it so far even though I have been to all the mandatory lectures where you could possibly learn such a thing. There isn´t good info I could find on the internet either, could you maybe do a video on this or maybe answer sending a link to some information if you could find the time? I am really curious about how fat digestion actually works further then bile and some digestive pancreas substances it´s like everybody only cares about sugar, which is just ridiculous, fat is at least as important.

  • Reply John d November 8, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I really like your videos I never feel like you're trying to sell me something very informative

  • Reply John d November 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I'm real careful about sugar 😘

  • Reply Vanderley November 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Doc, congratulations with another fantastic video. Just want you to know that you did to me more good than all doctors together that I have visited throughout my life.

  • Reply Ten Minute Tokyo 2 November 8, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Here in Japan they drink this stuff like crazy and eat giant plates of 10 pancakes with ice cream and whipped cream and have very little disease. Pancake restaurants and food palaces here are unbelievable. 12 story food castles, “fruit parlors”, and desert shops. There is even a place called Happy Pancake.

  • Reply Grayland Hooks November 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Eh, I'm too cheap for Starbucks, anyway.

  • Reply hans hans November 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I avoid starbuck like i avoid suger and carbs. It is overpriced and crap

  • Reply Trifive garage November 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Sitting here with my wife watching! She likes these drinks. but not very often. I avoid sugar and have very little of it. You are spot on about the sugar. Thank You!

  • Reply mweb1 November 8, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I go there EXTREMELY rarely but if I do I get a Tall Americano with an extra shot of espresso.

  • Reply In Transit November 8, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Sten, I cant stop laughing about the "perfect business idea" combine coffin and sugar. You are my low carb/ (some day) Keto hero.

  • Reply Francisco Santos November 8, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Yeah that store is even worse than coca cola. Both are terrible.

  • Reply Guido Kartner November 8, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Sugar will kill you, it is true, but nobody want’s to hear it……..!!!!!!! Great video, thanks

  • Reply Kim Lock November 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm

  • Reply Kim Lock November 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Dr Sten I love that don't show off your muscles while presenting Keto health 💫

  • Reply Dennis Bolanos November 8, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Dr. Ekberg, I heard a chiropractor say that the combination of fat and sugar is more harmful than sugar alone. What is that?

  • Reply kittycat0876 November 8, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    It's sad that we found out in Tudor period that sugar was bad yet we're making the same mistakes again

  • Reply Not Natty November 8, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Whats wrong with a diet very high in carbs but very minimal sugar ? Oats, rice, potato, lentils and veggies ?

  • Reply Homebusinessesideas November 8, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I prefer organic black coffee no sugar at all occasionaly organic stevia as well

  • Reply Homebusinessesideas November 8, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I make my own chocolate bars with organic stevia monk fruit blend with raw organic cacao powder i mix with unrefined organic virgin coconut oil taste better than any crap on the store very filling due i eat a muffin size one a day make them in cupcake cups i avoid sugar

  • Reply pomfret and pommes frites November 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Can you do a video on Ensure having more sugar than Coke? I work in a nursing home and the old people chug bottle after bottle all day. They would be better off drinking Nesquick, but Ensure is seen as healthy by the nurses. Boost juice too, Glucerna might be okay but it's still gross and not a meal. Even if they are capable of eating regular food they say they are not hungry just to get the meal replacement drinks.

  • Reply Karen Grajales November 8, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    You're the best teacher in YouTube, logic, organized, clear, concise and i love your properly and beautiful English. Of course plus the richness of your videos, keep opening eyes and saving people. God bless you 🙏🏻😘😘😘

  • Reply Mummy Simmons November 8, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Brrrrillant video as always so informative Thankyou 😀

  • Reply Dave Howie November 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Tell it like it is, Dr. Sten!

  • Reply A P November 8, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    On spot, as always.

  • Reply Mr Natty Gains November 8, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Lol 60% chocolate is almost un eatable. Not sure about that.
    Coco and dark chocolate gives me headaches, I wonder why

  • Reply Yoso November 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    No. You do need to blame Starbucks. Why you are unable to place the blame is beyond me. Many a business operates under certain restraints, where ethics do play a role. I personally don’t patronize nasty fast food establishments or places like Starbucks. Don’t need coffee that badly and can go without the junk food. So can you. And with cigarettes, young people absolutely do not know what they are getting into. The addictive quality is beyond perception. I would have jailed all of the tobacco executives that stated that they didn’t think it addictive for at least 20 years. It’s called ethics. Businesses need not be able to hide behind “profit” and be able to addictively poison without impunity.

  • Reply mike sutton November 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Another fancy name for a milkshake ! Just put SKIM MILK in your COFFEE !

  • Reply A P November 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Starbucks burns coffee beans too much. It is not healthy, it is cancerogenic. Use Blonde beans coffee. Better yet get espresso machine from Walmart for $90 and use whole beans that are lightly roasted and add cream. Likewise, dark chocolate is not just an absence of milk and less sugar. It is also overburned beans. Use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder with grass fed cream to make your hot chocolate. I chill mine with ice. No sugar. Trader Joe's sells organic cacao powder. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Cindy Hsu November 8, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Nothing in starbucks is healthy keto, I only get sparkling water in a pinch 😅

  • Reply Ljubica Sustran November 8, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    i love your sense of humor!! another amazing video

  • Reply James Kantor November 8, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I just have plain coffee Or americano. The special drinks are over the top for people watching sugar

  • Reply Mister Pinchy November 8, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Women don't really like the flavor of coffee, Starbucks is just a more socially acceptable way to drink a milkshake for breakfast.

  • Reply 7arsenal November 8, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you for breaking it down Doc. I’m guilty of having a grande iced caramel macchiato when I’m at work. It’s something that I have when I have some downtime. And not something I really crave. This info has opened my eyes. I knew it wasn’t healthy to have that drink but I don’t know it was that bad. Now I’ll try to have something other than a cup of diabetes.

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