Posted: Sep 17, 2014
This is definitely not blatant health deception, as I believe we all know that flavored seasonal lattes are not healthy. However, the deception may be in the surprise of just how many calories and added sugar these products contain. As well, not treating the drink as you would a slice of pie, but they’re essentially identical.
Here is a sample from lowest calories/sugar to highest in a Pumpkin Spice Latte :
Short non-fat without whip cream
~24 grams Sugar (~12g of it added or 3 tsp)*
Grande 2% milk with whip cream
~49 grams sugar (~24g of it added or 6tsp)*
Venti whole milk with whip cream
~62 grams sugar (~29g of it added or 7.5tsp)*
*the rest of the sugar coming naturally from the lactose in milk.
One average slice of pumpkin pie with whip cream (for reference)
~24 grams of sugar (difficult to estimate added sugar, most likely ~16-18 grams)
~2 grams of fibre
Certainly not a healthy daily ritual