The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day for women and nine teaspoons per day for men. The drink that started the fall beverage craze—the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte—comes with a hefty dose of nostalgia and as much sugar. A 16-ounce grande with whole milk and whipped cream contains 50 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 12-and-a-half teaspoon. This year, however, Starbucks has added a key ingredient to the fall favorite: actual pumpkin.
Burger King Pumpkin Spice Oreo Shake
Medium: 94 grams sugar
Equivalent: 23.5 teaspoons
Oreos and pumpkin? Dream come true, right? Be warned, though: That dream comes with a whopping 94 grams of sugar in a medium, equal to 23-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar, or nearly four times your recommended daily intake.
Jack in the Box is getting into the season with the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Shake. In this case, however, salt is not the focal point: The regular size has 89 grams of sugar, or more than 22 teaspoons.
Craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but it’s still 100 degrees outside? The frozen version is a tempting option, but you may want to think twice. With all of that syrup and sweet Frappuccino base, a grande Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino with whipped cream has 69 grams of sugar, or about 17 teaspoons.
Jamba Juice Pumpkin Smash Smoothie
Medium (22 ounces): 96 grams sugar
Equivalent: 24 teaspoons
If you’re at Jamba Juice expecting a healthy smoothie, keep scanning the menu. A medium Pumpkin Smash Smoothie contains 96 grams of sugar, or about 24 teaspoons.
Starbucks Toasted Graham Frappuccino
Grande: 60 grams sugar
Equivalent: 15 teaspoons
Starbucks’ new fall offering evokes sitting around a fireplace toasting marshmallows and making s’mores. The grande also has 60 grams of sugar, but did you expect less from a drink that tastes like marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers?
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Ah, autumn: It's the season of crisp air, falling leaves, the start of the holidays, and of course, pumpkin spice lattes and a whole host of other warm and fuzzy beverages. Here's a look at the drinks that have as much sugar as the milk shakes and sweet iced tea we down in the summertime—and in some cases, much more.
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