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Your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Missing A Pretty Crucial Ingredient

Your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Missing A Pretty Crucial Ingredient

Written by Viola Knowles.

We’re fast approaching fall, and you know what that means: Pumpkin spice everything. Specifically, the return of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

While their delicious autumn flavor is so addicting you might need to seek help for it, it also contains some pretty iffy ingredients and is missing a few rather critical ones.

Health blogger Food Babe did a little investigation to discover exactly what’s in the tasty treat. The company was a little vague at first, but she was eventually able to get the truth.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, among other things, contain at least 50 grams of sugar, and caramel color with ammonia.

Some also contain the dreaded High Fructose Corn Syrup (depending on the store location), and some even have pesticide residue. But here’s the real kicker, not a single latte contains any actual pumpkin.

Give your mind a second to be blown.

They should probably change the name of the drink to Pumpkin-Flavored Latte or Pumpkin-Less Latte.

Food Babe created these helpful diagrams to break down exactly what you’re drinking, and check out her blog to learn more about your favorite foods.


This post originally appeared on RYOT.

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8:04PM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

I will not buy anything from them now.

9:32PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

...and I thought I liked pumpkin. It's too bad how they charge extra for soy milk too.

1:17PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

do not buy any Starbucks.. it's CEO is not anyone you want to support. he ignores violation of the Constitution. is for law breaking by large companies including his own tax avoidance... has an ulgy hate for any regulations.. Worse he thinks its ok to recommend a child molester for placement in a job with children... I have all the evidence to back this up and would love if his now rotten company would take me to court..

5:04PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

It says "pumpkin spice latte". It could mean it has the spices of a pumpkin pie.

4:38AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Never understand the attraction of Starbucks anyway! And since I heard about their tax avoidance thing (here in the U.K) I do my best to avoid them!

10:54AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Thank you

4:51PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I think I'll pass . Starbucks is way over priced .

11:14PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

It looked really tasty, but when I did look at the ingredients as well, I passed on the "pumpkin" drink. It's disappointing. Would be nice if food was made of real food. Read Fast Food Nation.

12:46AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

that's horrific!!

11:58PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Don't ever go to this coffee shop but thanks.

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