How Nice is Pumpkin Spice?

Each year, Starbucks releases their signature Pumpkin Spice Latte earlier and earlier to appease drooling fans across the globe.

But how healthy is your pumpkin spice addiction?

A grande PSL weighs in at 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar. The beverage contains artificially-flavored syrup, condensed milk, whipped cream, and little to no actual pumpkin. Comparatively, a serving of puréed pumpkin contains 49 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and 250% of your daily vitamin A! 

Your $5 latte is okay in moderation, but try to enjoy the seasonal spice in its purest form to reap its many health benefits. Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable that provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals:

While there’s no argument that natural pumpkin is best, there are some healthier PSL alternatives at your local grocery store that provide the same spice and are twice as nice. You can also make your own! Or, channel your inner Ina Garten and whip up some warm pumpkin soup or sweet pumpkin dip for a festive dish at your next get-together.