The Starbucks I go to is now selling magic beans. Well, matcha tea lattes actually, which are like magic beans in the sense that they possess special powers:
Detox the body
High in antioxidants
Helps the immune system
I was particularly intrigued at the last claim. This latte actually “burns calories”.
Which is strange, because a venti serving of said magic tea latte — sorry, matcha tea latte — contains 316 calories all on its own, making it the most calorie-laden tea drink on the menu:
This is pretty much a similar number of calories as in one of those super-sized chocolate chip cookies they sell.
Hmm. Do the chocolate cookies also “burn” calories?
Obviously this is all ridiculous. When you drink a venti matcha tea latte, you consume calories, you don’t burn them. You consume as many calories as you would if you ate a chocolate biscuit.
Physical activity burns calories. Some other things (like stress) can also burn calories, but not always in a good way.
You can’t burn calories by consuming them.
But I guess anything that claims to perform “detox” is bound to be bunkum.