Pumpkin and spice, and everything nice?

Emma Cole, Staff Writer

A pumpkin spice latte purchased from Starbucks. Starbucks and other coffe shops offer pumpkin spice products.
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A pumpkin spice latte purchased from Starbucks. Starbucks and other coffee shops offer pumpkin spice products.

 

Countless different pumpkin spice flavored foods have been made due to the popularity of the flavor. But while pumpkin spice flavored foods may taste great, are they really healthy?

At Starbucks, the most healthy option for a latte is a short eight ounce with no whipped cream and nonfat milk, which would only be 130 calories, 24 grams of sugar and seven grams of protein. A 20 ounce venti with whipped cream and whole milk is the least healthy option. It would be a total of 520 calories. While pumpkin spice lattes may taste great, these products shouldn’t be consumed daily.

While lattes have popularity, many other pumpkin spice flavored foods and drinks have been made. Foods and drinks such as cookies, Oreos, eggnog, ice cream, and even chips have a pumpkin spice flavored version. Most of these foods probably taste good, but are they really healthy?

For every two pumpkin spice Oreos, one hundred fifty calories and twelve grams of sugar are consumed, according to caloriecount.com. The Oreos have a high sugar count, and they have no protein. Fat and carbohydrates make up most of the pumpkin spice Oreos.

According to caloriecount.com, TG Lee Dairy has manufactured a pumpkin spice flavored eggnog. This eggnog has around 200 calories in half of a cup, which is around 120 grams in weight. It also has a total of nine grams of fat and twenty three grams of sugar. However, six grams of protein remain in the drink. It’s very high in cholesterol, sugar, and saturated fat.

Pumpkin spice flavored foods have become very popular. Some people say it is the sugar, which is said to make things taste better.

Seventh grader Isabella Hernandez said she really likes pumpkin spice merchandise, such as candles and other foods like cookies and sweets.

“I’ve had around ten or eleven in the past few weeks,” said Hernandez. “Around one or two a week.”

Seventh grader Marie Schlaf stated she tries not to have more than two lattes a week and that it isn’t part of her morning routine. Schlaf also said her favorite part of fall is the pumpkin spice flavored foods.

Schlaf said she would like to try some other pumpkin spice flavored foods and drinks instead of just the lattes. She also said she would like to know what the pumpkin spice candles smelled like.

“Even though there are so many different pumpkin spice foods, I still think it’s a reasonable amount,” said Schlaf.