What Makes Costco's Key Lime Pie So Concerning

Loyal Costco members can attest to the fact that the big-box retailer offers pretty much everything you'll ever need, including groceries that fall within every imaginable food category. One of the many things the beloved Washington-based chain is known for is its convenient and wide selection of seasonal eats, including some larger-than-life, mega-flavorful, decadent treats, cakes, and pies. Costo's key lime pie, for instance, is a big seller — people surely love it! Since the pie is only on Costco shelves for a limited time, it's been flying off of them. One key lime pie weighs 4.25 pounds and costs $14.99 — definitely a delicious summertime investment (via MSN)!

However, as with several indulgent supermarket finds, there are certainly some elements that may cause some concerns in regard to consumers' health. What do the experts have to say about this bakery staple? Celebrity chef, nutritionist, entrepreneur, and certified reiki master Serena Poon weighs in on a few of the luscious green citrus dessert's red flags that buyers should be made aware of.

What should Costco customers look out for in the key lime pie?

Despite the sensation that is the Costco key lime pie, there are certainly some factors to consider before you buy and eat one. Serena Poon explains that the product contains a lot of added sugars, additives, and processed ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, high fructose corn syrup, and palm oil. Consuming ample amounts of these ingredients regularly can cause inflammation and potentially chronic diseases. Not to mention, highly processed foods don't do your overall well-being any favors in the long run.

Each slice of Costco's key lime pie contains about 200 calories, which is actually fairly low for pie. However, calories can add up rather quickly if you treat yourself to multiple slices. Just be cognizant of your intake! Plus, the pie comes pre-sliced, which can help you moderate your consumption. "Enjoy a slice of this pie, share the rest and get back to your diet full of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains," Poon suggests.

As with any dessert, don't be afraid to indulge in this superb key lime pie! Your diet won't be ruined by a slice of pie every once in a while. Remember, moderation is key. If you want to enjoy a homemade key lime pie, there are plenty of available recipes that call for more wholesome ingredients. As tempting and convenient it is to purchase store-bought goods, home baking is more often than not the best route to take.