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Just ‘Cause It’s Made With Pumpkin Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:00pm

pumpkins-main_Full As autumn proceeds to pepper foliage with orange and red hues, drop temperatures, and add a unique crisp to the air, food chains roll out their traditional seasonal offerings.

As you can see below, the Fall season brings plenty of nutritional frights!

  • Au Bon Pain pumpkin muffin: 530 calories
  • Au Bon Pain large pumpkin latte: 40 grams of added sugar ( as much as a can of Coca-Cola; 160 additional calories )
  • Dairy Queen small pumpkin pie Blizzard: 570 calories, 12 grams saturated fat ( 60% of a day’s worth )
  • Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin muffin: 630 calories ( 130 more than a large order of McDonald’s french fries )
  • Dunkin’ Donuts large pumpkin latte: 44 grams of added sugar ( 11 teaspoons, or 176 additional calories )
  • Starbucks pumpkin scone: 480 calories, 9 grams ( almost half a day’s worth ) of saturated fat, 38 grams of added sugar ( 9.5 teaspoons; 152 additional calories )
  • Panera Bread Company pumpkin-shaped shortbread cookie: 12 grams saturated fat ( as much as a tablespoon and a half of butter )

Enjoy responsibly.

Any time you purchase a flavored coffee, make it a small, and skip — or ask for half — the whipped cream.

Similarly, these gigantic baked goods are better off in the “no more than once a week” category.

The key is to plan accordingly.  If sharing isn’t an option, then make that baked good your only sweet of the day, and be sure that your lunch and dinner that day mainly consist of a protein and plenty of vegetables (ie: grilled fish and sauteed broccoli, three-bean chili, seitan or chicken with a baked sweet potato, canned tuna or grilled chicken over a colorful salad, etc.)

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