PSL Lovers Rejoice!
Everyone’s favourite autumnal hot drink is back! Yes, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has made it’s highly anticipated annual return! Is there anything nicer than wrapping up in your cosy new knitwear on a crisp autumn day and picking up a Pumpkin Spice Latte to enjoy on your coffee break?
Well, yes actually. And you probably didn’t think we would say that. Because did you know that a medium sized Pumpkin Spice Latte actually contains WAYYYYYYYY over the RDA of sugar in adults? Yep. We hate to be fun-sponges, but that amount of sugar is no good for anyone – just think of your poor teeth!
Size doesn’t even matter.
According to the Huffington Post, most regular-sized PSL’s from our favourite high street coffee chains contain over 30 grams of sugar! So, you can only imagine just how many tea spoons of sugar are in a large or extra large serving. In this case, size doesn’t really matter. The RDA of sugar for adults is around 6 teaspoons. So picking up a regular is more than double this allowance. Any other sugary treats you might pick up alongside your coffee or consume later in the day, and you’ll be on a shakey, severely sugary high. If you’re someone who drinks multiple cups of coffee each day, and you’re partial to a PSL, you might want to try less sugary and less calorific drinks in between…
If you thought it couldn’t get worse, you’re wrong.
Starbucks, the inventors of the much loved frappucinnos have of course brought out a Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappuccino to meet the needs of the cold coffee lovers. And if you thought it couldn’t get worse, it can. In just a REGULAR Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, you’re looking at over FIFTY-TWO grams of sugar in just that serving alone. Oh and by the way, this is a 13% reduction in sugar compared to last year’s recipe.
What’s the damage?
It’s just a coffee after all, right?
Wrong. It’s a coffee that should ideally be consumed in moderation. It tastes good, we won’t deny, but your health takes a beating every time you have one! Consuming too much sugar can negatively affect your skin, your ability to concentrate, your energy levels and of course, your teeth. Over 90% of UK adults have had caries in their teeth. Caries are often caused by poor oral health and eating too many sugary products. This results in needing fillings and we know we’d all like to avoid that!
What can I do?
The next time you head for a hot drink, why not try something with sugar-free syrup, or why not try tea? There are many flavoured herbal teas on offer now, including gingerbread, salted caramel, pumpkin spice and even chocolate flavour! Sounds good to us. PSL’s are 110% okay to drink, but remember, moderation is key. A small one every once in a while won’t hurt, as long as you remember to brush your teeth!