Now that fall is here, doesn’t a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte (aka PSL) sound good? Well, sure it does. But am I going to drink even one this fall? That would be a big, fat NO!
But why not? OK, it’s got a whipped topping on there, so sure, it’s not exactly diet friendly. But why not just have one? Just have a cheat day and then get right back to eating clean and healthy the following day. Right?
Wrong. It’s because I’m not going to risk my health for a drink that has 50 grams of sugar. 5-0. My teeth practically fell out of my head when I read this in a Yahoo! Health article.
50 grams of sugar is the maximum amount of sugar I’m supposed to have in an entire day. So if I drank that PSL, it would mean I can’t eat any fruit, milk, yogurt, add half and half to my coffee, have a bowl of cereal… nothing, for the entire day! And that would be bad enough if that was the only issue.
The real problem is what happens to your body when it’s suddenly flooded with 50 grams of sugar and 14 grams of (unhealthy) fat, all in one shot. That’s when it gets all too real and all too scary.
Yahoo’s graphic, shown below, illustrates exactly why having a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is a lousy idea for anyone interested in health. I highly recommend watching this Yahoo! Health video about the The Perils of PSL.
So, whenever I get that hankering for a PSL, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, or anything else pumpkin that’s mixed with way too much fat and sugar, I’m going to indulge in the limited edition of Chobani’s Pumpkin Spice Blended Low-fat Greek yogurt. It’s got 12 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fat, 12 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbs, 40% vitamin A, and 15 % Calcium. Not too shabby, eh?
For me, this is a choice that’s a no-brainer. I’m going for the Chobani Pumpkin Spice Blended Greek yogurt and eschewing the PSL, every time. After all, I still get to indulge in one of my favorite seasonal flavors and remain guilt free. And that’s a win-win in my book, any day.