Avoiding Sugar at Starbucks
Fortunately, it is entirely possible to avoid sugar with a Starbucks beverage, but it will require ordering a coffee or tea with no additives whatsoever. Both beverages are naturally sugar-free, but once any additive joins the beverage, the sugar count begins to climb. This means that you should request your drink without sweetener, but also without cream, milk, or any other additives. If some form of sweetening or lightening is required, you can always add a non-dairy creamer or artificial sweetener to your beverage—but make sure to read the labels to verify that no sugars are present.
If no sugar is your goal, you’ll also want to avoid ordering the regular iced coffee. Starbucks adds syrup to sweeten that drink, which adds a surprising 20 grams of sugar. When in doubt, ask your barista if they add syrup to any drink you’re considering.