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12. Tim Hortons: Whole Grain Raspberry Muffin
This Canadian chain that merged with Wendy’s to expand their US market is the maker of some of the more innocent muffins on the block, but beware the “Better for You” options. While the Chocolate Chip Muffin categorized as “Decadent” seems properly classified, the “Better for You” Whole Grain Raspberry Muffin is only 30 calories less and has more calories from fat, more total fat, and the same amount of sodium as its chocolate chip sister.

Calories: 400
Calories from Fat: 160
Total Fat (g): 17
Sodium (mg): 580
Sugar (g): 26

11. Peet’s: Reduced Fat Pumpkin Ginger Muffin
I am always amused (in a “seriously?” kind of way) by healthy food marketing spin. So, for instance, this Pumpkin Ginger Muffin has “reduced fat,” but reduced from what? It still has 14 grams of total fat–and it is still 460 calories.

Calories: 460
Calories from Fat: 130
Total Fat (g): 14
Sodium (mg): 530
Sugar (g): 37

10. Peet’s: Double Chocolate Muffin (Vegan)
I completely applaud Peet’s for offering a vegan option, and a vegan chocolate option to boot! But don’t let the “vegan” in the name lead you to believe that it’s somehow not high in calories, fat, and sugar. Still, the vegan part is really great. Yay Peet’s.

Calories: 460
Calories from Fat: 210
Total Fat (g): 17
Sodium (mg):  135
Sugar (g): 37

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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9:07PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Ok, thanks God I don't like muffins... I hate them x.x but it's really scary the amount of calories on them... :S

11:01AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

WOW! I'm blown away! I usually choose a muffin over a bagel or doughnut! Guess I'm probably better off just having what I really want! What gets me is the names - I would (and have) fallen for every one thinking it was a better choice!

12:03AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Huge, gigantic muffins? Yes, these should be healthy!

6:19AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.

11:32PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

I knew they were high in calories but I am SHOCKED that a muffin can hold over 700 calories, and more than a day's serving of sugar, as well as more than a meal's worth of fat and sodium.

5:07AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

over processed, overtly sugared and fatted ... could this describe the American Consumer? these muffins are definitely an indulgence ... thanks for the info!

12:52PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

guess I'll stick to making my own...

10:40PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Saintly Bran Muffins paved the way for these health food impostors and condensed cakes, to sneak in to our health food consciousness. Thanks for bringing us the facts.

10:17AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

love muffins.

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