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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

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.

Starbucks' ultra-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte is little more than junk food in a cup.

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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.

Starbucks' ultra-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte is little more than junk food in a cup.

A 12-ounce Pumpkin Spice Latte packs in 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 39 grams of sugar.

That's more calories than a six-piece Chicken McNuggets, more fat than five Rice Krispies Treats, and roughly the same amount of sugar you'd find in a can of soda.

Many frappuccinos and mochas are equally atrocious. A good rule: if the name sounds like something you'd eat for dessert (white chocolate, double chocolatey chip, salted caramel, cinnamon dolce, eggnog, etc.), you shouldn't drink it.

Instead of flavored coffee, try bulletproof coffee.

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