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Worst Pumpkin Product

Today I am going to talk about some of the worst pumpkin products that come back on the market every year. I understand that you might forget what the grocery store looked like before it was overflowing with pumpkin spice products, but don’t forget that fall will fade. Pumpkin spice season can’t be every season, as much as you’d like it to be ( I would love all things pumpkin all year round.) But since you have to suffer from withdrawal symptoms all through the rest of the year, pounce on these products as soon as they’re out and buy, buy, buy. I understand you might want to try everything—I do, too—but some of these waist wideners will wreak havoc on your weight-loss goals if you aren’t careful.

Just like the best and worst of something I always mostly start with the worst of something. Also, If you are new to my blog hello my name is Amanda and I explain all things related to health, fitness, nutrition, and exercise. 

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The Worst Of Pumpkin Spice Products

If you think there’s no such thing as too much when it comes to your beloved pumpkin spice flavor, think again. These fall finds may taste as amazing as they smell, but their effect on your body will be just the opposite if you indulge too often.

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

starbucks pumpkin spice latte

Per grande (16 oz): 380 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (0 g fiber, 50 g sugar), 14 g protein

Put the pumpkin spice latte down. I know this is hard to hear, especially since you’ve been waiting for it all year, but listen up. Drinking a grande PSL from Starbucks is like dumping almost 13 teaspoons of sugar into your mouth. In fact, it’s 3 more grams of the sweet stuff than the average amount the FDA recommends eating all day just in one 16-ounce cup. So while I can’t blame you for giving into temptation every now and again, if you’re going to grab a PSL on your way to work at least have a healthy breakfast and exercise planned.

Pepperidge Farm Milano Pumpkin Spice Cookies

milano pumpkin cookies

Per 2 cookies (25 g): 130 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 1 g protein

Odds are good that you already loved Milano cookies just as they were even before Pepperidge Farms added your fave flavor to them, but don’t start piling this product into your pantry. Eating only two pumpkin spice cookies will have you hitting double-digit sugar grams—it is the second ingredient listed on the label, after all—so be mindful of how many you eat if you buy a bag. Added sugar adds up, and according to a study in JAMA: Internal Medicine, those who consume 17-21 percent of their calories from these sugars are 38 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than people consuming only 8. So when you try this treat, remember that it’s just that—a treat, not a diet staple.

Honestly, just pass on these. they are dry and have no flavor what so ever.

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Pumpkin Spice

pumpkin spice mini wheats cereal

Per 25 biscuits (55 g): 190 calories, 1g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (6 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 5 g protein

Until Kellogg’s announces whether or not these pumpkin spice Frosted Mini-Wheats will be coming to a grocery store near you (They are out on the shelves as I write this), buy a box online instead. Pour yourself a bowl and then pass this sugary cereal onto another pumpkin lover before you make 12 grams of sugar part of your routine morning meal. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that dairy and high-sugar foods are associated with acne, so mixing this up with milk may not be doing your skin any favors.

I’ve tried this and it’s honestly one of the worst pumpkin cereals I had.


Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Donut

pumpkin dunkin donut

Per 1 donut: 360 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 380 mg sodium 39 g carbs (1 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 3 g protein

It’s hard enough resisting temptation every time you head into Dunkin’ for a black coffee and a breakfast wrap with all of those donuts lurking behind the register. Sometimes just the sight can be enough to get your mind off the scale and get a fried dessert in your mouth. If you’ve been there, done that, you may have to shield your eyes next time you walk in. Anyone who loved this seasonal flavor last fall will probably love it even more after a year off—until the 21 grams of fat and 20 grams of sugar hit.

I’ve tried the pumpkin donut and honestly, it’s not worth it at all.


Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

philadelphia pumpkin cream cheese

Per 2 tbsp (32 g): 80 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 1 g protein

I wouldn’t recommend plain cream cheese to start with, so it probably doesn’t come as a shocker that I’m not big fans of the pumpkin spice version. Instead of a breakfast bagel, save yourself the calories and satisfy your pumpkin and cinnamon cravings by throwing fresh ingredients into a blender. A morning smoothie will do your body better than this tub of added sugars and carrageenan, According to Gina Hassick, RD, LDN, CDE, “Carrageenan can trigger an immune response that causes inflammation, gut irritation and lesions, and even cancer.”

 Lenny And Larry Complete Cookie Pumpkin Spice

lenny larry complete pumpkin cookie

Per 2 oz (56 g): 190 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (4 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 8 g protein

While Lenny and Larry boast that this complete pumpkin cookie is “packed with protein,” there are actually twice as many grams of sugar in each one. In fact, if you ate the entire thing, you’d consume 32 grams! According to a study in BMC Nutrition, combining sugar-sweetened items like these cookies with protein can actually lead to increased fat storage. Up to you to decide whether that’s worth trying this treat.

I honestly haven’t tried it because it’s always sold out in my area. If I do find it this pumpkin season I might actually give it a try.

Nestle Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Coffee Creamer

coffee mate pumpkin creamer

Per 1 tbsp: 35 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 0 g protein*

Like the rest of Coffee-Mate’s liquid creamers, this pumpkin option claims to be free of trans fat. But don’t believe everything you hear because the partially hydrogenated oils on the ingredients list are actually a source of the trans fat. If you don’t think that’s a big deal, think on this. A study in the Journal of Health Economics found that cardiovascular disease deaths decreased by 4.5 percent over 10 years in New York counties enforcing a trans fat ban compared to those who didn’t.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter

trader joes pumpkin cookie butter

Per 2 tbsp (37 g): 220 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 1 g protein

There’s nothing quite like Trader Joe’s in the fall with so many pumpkin products lining the shelves. But with fall favorites on every corner, you have to tread carefully. Otherwise, you might end up walking out with a high-cal, high-fat product like this. While it tastes incredible, Trader Joe’s pumpkin cookie butter doesn’t do incredible things to your body, especially since sticking to a two-tablespoon serving is an impossible feat.

This doesn’t taste like pumpkin at all. Honestly, it doesn’t taste like anything

Clif Bar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Energy Bars

clif bar pumpkin energy

Per 1 bar (68 g): 250 calories, 4.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (4 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 9 g protein

This pumpkin pie energy bar probably isn’t going to give you the energy you need for your next outdoor excursion. Yes, chowing down on the whole Clif bar will give you 9 grams of protein, but you’ll be consuming 23 grams of sugar on top of that. And according to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a snack like this will only give you temporary energy before just leaving you tired.

I’ve tried this before and this doesn’t even taste like pumpkin it tastes like chemicals and a bunch of nothing.

Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin Cookie Mix

pillsbury pumpkin cookie mix

Per 1/18 package (28 g): 110 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 1 g protein

With such a large-lineup of pumpkin products, you can drink it, snack on it, make meals out of it, and even find it on the dessert menu. But if you’re tempted to indulge in a sweet fall treat by whipping up this Pillsbury mix, think it through before you scarf down multiple sugary cookies.

Final Thoughts

I hope if you’re a pumpkin lover that none of your favorites made the list. I understand as a fellow pumpkin lover that it can get hard to turn away from all the seasonal pumpkin goodies that you haven’t tried before. Just like “most” things in life moderation is key. If you want to try some of these go ahead… My recommendation is to try it and move on don’t fall in love with it… Because this is my bad pumpkin list after all. And like always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate in reaching out and i will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.


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