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Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks - Health Deception

Posted: Sep 17, 2014

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks - Health Deception

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

~130 Calories

~24 grams Sugar (~12g of it added or 3 tsp)*

 

Grande 2% milk with whip cream

~380 Calories

~49 grams sugar (~24g of it added or 6tsp)*

 

Venti whole milk with whip cream

~510 calories

~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)

~340 calories

~24 grams of sugar (difficult to estimate added sugar, most likely ~16-18 grams)

~2 grams of fibre



Certainly not a healthy daily ritual