Pumpkin Spice Latte – so where’s the pumpkin?

Ahh the leaves are changing and signs of fall are around us. One particular signal for the change in season is the return of Starbuck’s beloved drink: The Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Several weeks ago, the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, also known as the “PSL”, made its big return. Like clockwork, the ads and marketing campaigns showcase the arrival of the signature pumpkin drink and fans eagerly stand in line to sip, savor, and post about their favorite representation of fall #PSL.

If you’re a loyal PSL fan or you’re thinking about joining the squad, I invite you to pause for a moment with this question…how much of this drink is actually real pumpkin?

A few years back, an “investigation” took place to track down the ingredients of this quintessential autumn drink. The investigative food blog, Food Babe, went on a daunting quest to uncover the nitty gritty facts. Turns out, Starbucks doesn’t make it easy to know the specifics of their drinks. The article describes the numerous attempts to acquire such details. While the company indicates the PSL is comprised of: “espresso, pumpkin sauce, steamed milk (or soy milk), whipped cream, and spice topping”, it is not transparent that these all contain their own ingredients!

While the article highlights several horrifying discoveries, one of the most startling revelation’s was that the PSL is far less like sipping a cup of joe and much more like drinking a milkshake. That’s right…a non-fat grande PSL contains 50 grams of sugar. Yikes! Can you imagine what’s going on with your body when you down a drink containing 50 grams of sugar?! It’s a toxic nightmare.

The PSL, as it turns out, doesn’t contain any real pumpkin. It does however,  have a host of artificial flavors, preservatives, sulfites, food coloring, chemicals and harmful amounts of sugar.

This reveal demonstrates the importance of being a conscious consumer and making a concerted effort to research what it is we’re putting into our bodies. While seasonal beverages and food often have an air of nostalgia, they don’t always bring us closer to our goals, our integrity and our overall wellness. So I ask you, are you able to cultivate memories and experience nostalgia through other means?

While I love all things Autumn, especially pumpkins, I’ve chosen to opt for enjoying experiences related to fall, like apple picking and walks in the park, rather than going for that signature drink.

Shine Bright!

Article referenced: https://foodbabe.com/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/

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