Pumpkin spice season is back. So come to the dark side, we have cookies and a PSL 2022. We made the rating of dangerous lattes that will, if not send you into a sugar coma, turn you into a real pumpkin.
Each coffee shop’s Pumpkin spice latte recipe is different, but the base is all the same: espresso, milk, spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. And the main ingredient is the sauce, made from sugar, condensed milk, pumpkin puree, and flavorings.
Don’t you agree, just thinking about the amount of sugar per cup makes your teeth hurt?
Let’s start with the positive stuff: what’s good about Pumpkin spice latte?
- Espresso is a source of antioxidants and polyphenols. And most importantly, it improves peristalsis, which means it’s better to have a toilet near.
- Pumpkin is quite keto-friendly, in 100 grams of pumpkin puree without sugar, there are an average of 5 grams of carbs. Pumpkin can close the daily need for vitamin A, and a little vitamins C and E.
And that’s basically are the pros of Pumpkin spice latte come in.
Cons: what’s bad about Pumpkin spice latte?
- Sugar – one cup contains just a prohibitive amount of sugar. It’s too much even if you are not on keto, and do not keep track of the amount of carbohydrates in your diet. The American Heart Association recommends 25-36 grams per day. One 16-ounce cup has 50 grams of sugar, which is twice the normal amount. You might as well eat 100 M&Ms.
- Milk – The standard coffeehouse set: 2% milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or skim milk. Plant-based, sugar-free milk is as rare as a unicorn. If you’re among the 65% of the population with lactose intolerance, after one cup of Pumpkin spice latte you’re almost guaranteed abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, nausea or even diarrhea.
- Whipped cream – the combination of sugar and fat in whipped cream sends calories straight to your hips, stomach, and other body parts. And if it contains Carrageenan, you have to know, this ingredient causes cramps, gas, and bloating.
Bottom line: a cup of Pumpkin spice latte certainly won’t kill you, but it will knock you out of ketosis. In terms of the amount of sugar it beats Coca-Cola.
It’s hard to name Pumpkin latte a healthy drink. If you really want it, better make a sugar-free one at home. Lazy option is to buy a small cup without a whipped cream and then spend an active day.