When you think winter, you think snow days, sweaters, and of course Starbucks. But could your favorite holiday drinks be hiding ingredients that aren’t so wholesome?
Everyone knows how hard it is to decide what to get from Starbucks’ menu with over 200 items, but maybe some of these unfriendly additives can help narrow down the choices.
Starbucks’ trademark, coffee, may not be as pure and simple as initially thought to be. Researchers have found that some beans have been sprayed with pesticides not legal in the US, like Chlorpyrifos, which have been linked to birth defects and even human deaths.
Those that choose soy drinks as a healthier option may not be helping their bodies, but actually hurting them.
In their soy products, researchers have found non-organic ingredients such as carrageenan, which can be carcinogenic. Unfortunately, carrageenan can also be found in certain cakes, scones, and yogurts.
Researchers have also found that Starbucks advertises their menu items as more “natural” than they actually are. Some baked goods contain up to 75 “artificial” ingredients.
Their cool lime and berry hibiscus refreshers have also come into question when Starbucks added chemicals to highly condensed white grape juice in place of their “natural fruit juice.”
Now for everyone’s seasonal favorite, the pumpkin spice latte. Especially during this time of year, it’s hard to say no to one, but some of these ingredients are best to stay away from.
There is absolutely no real pumpkin in any of the ingredients and their milk of choice is known as Monsanto Milk, which comes from cows fed GMO corn. We also can’t forget about all of the artificial flavors, preservatives, and sulfites.
Of course it’s not Starbucks’ intention to poison their more than 60 million customers worldwide, but next time you find yourself craving a pumpkin spice latte or Frappuccino, keep these unhealthy additives in mind.