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Coffee Drinks That Are Basically Desserts

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Coffee Drinks That Are Basically Desserts

A small cup of coffee is low in calories and healthy. Add in a dash of cream and a spoonful of sugar and it's still not nutritionally terrible.

But some of those flavored coffee creations you find at coffee shop chains are downright dreadful.

Flavored lattes—especially the seasonal offerings—are some of the biggest offenders.

A 12-ounce Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte packs in 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 39 grams of sugar. A Starbucks Caramel Brûlée Latte of the same size has even more calories (340), 11 grams of fat, 52 grams of carbohydrates and 40 grams of sugar.

 To put those numbers in perspective, both of those drinks contain more calories than a six-piece Chicken McNugget, more fat than you'd get from five Rice Krispy Treats, and roughly the same amount of sugar as you'd find in a can of soda.
The chain's Frappuccinos might be even worse. A 12-ounce Ultra Caramel Frappuccino packs 11 grams of saturated fat and 44 grams of sugar.

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