Costco is a retail wholesale club that sells a variety of manufactured products, packaged foods and fresh foods. Among the fresh food selections at Costco are the store's muffins, which are available in flavors such as chocolate, blueberry, poppyseed, and banana nut. These muffins tend to be high in calories and fat, although the exact nutritional specifications vary between the flavors.
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The chocolate muffins at Costco are the highest calorie muffin available, as each muffin provides 690 calories. This amount comprises nearly 35 percent of the daily suggested intake, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Each chocolate muffin offers 38 g of fat, with 11 g of saturated fat. The American Heart Association suggests consuming between 50 g and 70 g of total fat per day, and no more than 16 g of saturated fat, to reduce the risk of heart disease. Costco chocolate muffins are also high in carbohydrates with 79 g total, and 48 g coming from sugar. They each contain only 3 g of dietary fiber, which is a nutrient that helps you feel full. As such, even though Costco's chocolate muffins are high in calories, they may not provide much satiety. Each chocolate muffin also contains 10 g of protein.
Banana Nut Muffins
Costco's banana nut muffins contain just 50 fewer calories than the chocolate muffins, with a total of 640, but are significantly lower in fat, with 32 g of total fat and 4 g of saturated fat. The banana nut muffins are significantly lower than the chocolate muffins in sugar, with 32 g per muffin. However, this amount -- which contributes 128 calories -- is more than the daily suggested intake of added sugars for women, and 85 percent of the daily suggested intake of added sugar for men. Each Costco banana nut muffin provides 2 g of fiber and 10 g of protein.
Costco's maple muffins are much smaller than the rest of the store's muffins, and are, thus, significantly lower in calories. Each Costco maple muffin contains 213 calories, which is nearly 11 percent of the daily suggested intake, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. One Costco maple muffin contains more than 9 g of fat, with 5.5 g of saturated fat, and 30 g of carbohydrates, with 15 g of sugar and .6 g of fiber. Each muffin contains less than 3 g of protein.
Costco's blueberry muffins are rich in calories, with each muffin providing 600 calories, or 30 percent of the daily suggested intake, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. The muffins provide 32 g of total fat, which is nearly half of the American Heart Association's maximum suggested fat intake. Of the 71 g of carbohydrates in Costco's blueberry muffins, 40 g come from sugar, and there are just 2 g of dietary fiber. Each muffin provides 8 g of protein.
Costco's poppyseed muffins are among the most calorie-dense muffins the store offers. Each muffin provides 672 calories, or 33.6 percent of the total suggested calorie intake, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. The Costco poppyseed muffins contain the most sugar of the store's muffins, with 42 g, and 75 g of total carbohydrates. Each poppyseed muffin contains 2 g of fiber and 10 g of protein.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Chocolate Muffin (Costco)
- American Heart Association; Know Your Fats; March 31, 2011
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Banana Nut Muffin From Costco
- MSNBC; Cut Back, Way Back On Sugar, Says Heart Group; Associated Press; 2009
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Maple Muffin (Costco)
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Blueberry Muffin (Costco)
- LIVESTRONG.COM Myplate: Calories in Costco Poppyseed Muffin