Keep Calories in Mind with Fall Drinks

Posted on Sep 09, 2014

Fall is almost here, school is back in session and pumpkin spice everything is filling the shelves. However, it’s important to note that while many fall-themed drinks (such as lattes, coffee drinks and other beverages) are often extremely tasty, a lot of them are also very high in calories. Many people don`t think about the calories in the drinks they consume, but these calories can quickly add up if you`re not careful!

Drinks like flavoured lattes and hot chocolates often contain a great deal of sugar, which isn’t good for your health. The syrups that give many of these drinks their flavouring is filled with sugar, making the drinks incredibly sweet. This point becomes especially true if you add things like whip cream to your drink. In fact, a pumpkin spice latte can contain between 25 and 62g of sugar, depending on the size and whether or not you add whipped cream. That`s a lot!

Many fall specialty beverages are also very high in calories. For example, a typical pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop can have between 300 and 400 calories. You`ll need to keep this in mind when ordering.

It’s also important to note that many “pumpkin spice” drinks don’t actually contain any pumpkin at all, so you’re not getting the nutritional benefits of pumpkin. What you are getting is the spices that are a big part of making pumpkin pie taste great. The drinks may taste good, but they might be lacking nutrition.

However, all of these factors don’t mean that you can’t enjoy some delicious seasonal drinks this fall. It just means that you’ll need to make the right choices. First of all, many additions such as chocolate, whipped cream or other toppings will increase the amount of calories and sugar in your drink, so you should limit these whenever possible. Flavoured syrups add a lot of calories as well, so stick to drinks that don’t contain them whenever possible. For example, many seasonal teas are available and most of these aren’t made with a sugary syrup.

You’ll also want to watch the size. Stick to a small or medium so that you can get a taste without overdoing it. Picking the large or extra large size can often be a calorie nightmare.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that it’s best to save these flavoured seasonal drinks as a treat. Most people will be fine having a pumpkin spice latte once in a while, but it’s definitely not something that should be a daily habit. By understanding how much sugar and how many calories are in a drink, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you should have the drink. The good news is that you can find nutritional information for most of these beverages on the company’s website. 

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