The pumpkin spice latte has returned to Starbucks, and just like that, it's officially fall. While it may seem a bit too early to be celebrating the season change, the iconic spiced beverage is available for fall enthusiasts who've been craving their PSL since last year. For anyone who's managed to avoid the trendy drink, it's made with espresso, milk, and fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, all topped with fluffy whipped cream and real pumpkin pie spices.
Before you indulge in the flavorful coffee, you may want to learn a bit more about its nutritional makeup. A quick visit to the Starbucks website will offer you all the nutritional facts you could want about each and every drink on the menu, including the famed pumpkin spice latte. The information is based on the coffee giant's standardized recipes, but because the drinks are handcrafted, it's not entirely exact. Here's an idea of what you're getting yourself into when you order a grande pumpkin spice latte with 2% milk and whipped cream.
Calories from Fat: 120
Total Fat: 14 grams (22% of your daily value)
Saturated Fat: 8 grams (40% of your daily value)
Trans Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 55 milligrams (18% of your daily value)
Sodium: 240 milligrams (10% of your daily value)
Total Carbohydrate: 52 grams (17% of your daily value)
Dietary Fiber: 0 grams
Sugars: 50 grams
Protein: 14 grams
Caffeine: 150 milligrams
To put it into perspective, the American Heart Association recommends that women have no more than 25 grams of sugar per day and that men have no more than 36 grams. That means that one PSL could account for around double your daily recommended amount of sugar. The drink is also relatively high in fat, cholesterol, and carbs, accounting for significant portions of the recommended daily value that would ideally come from more nutrient-dense foods like vegetables and lean proteins. Compare this to a regular latte, which comes in at 190 calories, 18 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of fat, it's clear that the pumpkin spice latte isn't the healthiest option on the menu.
Of course, these numbers vary based on the size of the drink, the milk you choose, and whether or not you top the beverage with whipped cream. For example, a tall pumpkin spice latte with almond milk and no whipped cream only contains 180 calories and 28 grams of sugar, nearly cutting your calorie and sugar intake in half. Customize the drink to your liking when you're ready to sip and savor the flavors of fall and don't forget to bring your own reusable straw.
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