Tis the season to drink really ridiculously sugary, fattening drinks and call them coffee. Various Pumpkin Spice flavored drinks are not only all over the coffee giants like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts but also at all of your favorite smaller chains that you prided yourself on being unique for going to. You cannot escape the PSL.
But exactly how bad is a Pumpkin Spice Latte? Consumer Affairs took a look specifically at the iconic Starbucks drink and not only broke down the contents of the drink, but also what you would need to do in order to burn the calories of one of these drinks off. Considering that a Tall Pumpkin Spice Latte with nonfat milk and no whip cream still has 200 calories, 0 grams of fat and 29 carbs, you know you are in for a lot. You would have to do burpees for 21 minutes or jog for 1.6 miles to burn that off (so be sure to work that into your coffee break time.)
Now if you want to go for the full blown Venti PSL with whip cream and whole milk (and probably adult onset diabetes as a grande has 50 grams of sugar), you are going to have to do a major workout after. Consumer Affairs says it will take 54 minutes of burpees or jogging for 4.6 miles to not have PSL guilt.
It’s a warm milkshake
When you get a Pumpkin Spice Latte you need to imagine you are basically drinking a warm milkshake. “The concept of pumpkin and spices, there are so many health benefits,” Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D., a dietitian and manager of wellness nutrition services at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, told Healthline. “Unfortunately, that’s similar to saying apple pie is healthy because it’s apple. It’s taking a concept that’s healthy and making it more of a dessert type of drink. It’s very far removed from a coffee drink,” she said. “I really recommend to my clients that if a coffee drink has more than 25 to 50 calories, don’t do it. Most people don’t have room in their calorie budgets for a pumpkin spice latte. Think of it like an ice cream sundae. It’s a sometime food, a dessert food.”
And now that Starbucks soon may be able to be delivered to your door (the brand is testing out a partnership with Uber Eats in Miami), you could be in big trouble.