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I’m sorry ladies, but that PSL is not doing you any favors.

The temperatures are starting to dip and for many, that kicks off the start of Pumpkin Spice – I mean the Fall season. But that seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte is loaded with extra sugar that can harm your health. Don’t just take my word for it, let’s take a look at what makes up the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte.

In one 16 oz. PSL, there is 50 grams of sugar and about 130 calories of fat. Although some sugar occurs naturally from the milk, there are still 7 ½ teaspoons of sugar from the syrups, sauces, and whipped cream! For reference, the average woman’s recommended daily sugar intake should be no more than 6 tsp of sugar! With one PSL, you’ve exceeded your daily intake, plus some.

In addition to the high amount of sugar, the fat content can easily contribute to weight gain. The sauce alone contains about half of the drink’s calories, more than actual pumpkin purée. And when you make the decision to get a large, you up the sugar intake by 26%, as a large PSL contains 63g of sugar and 140 calories from fat.

Being mindful of your food and beverage choices is one of the easiest ways to participate in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. You can indulge in a tasty treat every once in a while, but be aware of what you are consuming and make conscious efforts not to form bad habits.

Simple changes such as opting for a low or non-fat milk alternative, lowering the amount of pumpkin sauce pumps, or even making a homemade version with dairy free creamer to control your caloric and sugar intake, can all be beneficial in balancing a healthy lifestyle and still enjoying your favorite fall flavors.

If you need some alternate ways to order your favorite drink, but cut the calories, try some of the recipes below.

For a hot option, order: medium/grande blonde coffee, 1 pump pumpkin sauce, 2 pumps sugar-free vanilla, 2 shots espresso, and 1 cup of steamed almond milk. You can also substitute for half-full of steamed skim milk. This option only has about 95 calories and 9g of sugar.

For a cold option, order: medium/grande iced coffee with no classic syrup, add 1 pump pumpkin sauce, 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla, 2 shots of espresso, and 1 cup of steamed almond milk. You can also substitute for half-full of steamed skim milk. This option also only has about 95 calories and 9g of sugar as well.

To understand more about sugar intake and addiction, check out my blog “Sugar Addiction, The Sweetest Drug of Them All. 

And to get started on your journey to more optimal health, schedule a consultation with me. 

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