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What's really in your Starbucks pumpkin spice latte might surprise you

Kristen Fischer is a writer living at the Jersey Shore. In addition to writing for SheKnows, she has penned articles for Prevention, Health, Woman's Day, BELLA, and New Jersey Monthly. Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, friend...

The pumpkin spice latte has zero pumpkin in it

Ready to indulge in a fall favorite beverage? You might want to rethink your pumpkin spice latte.

Recently, a blog post emerged that delved into this Starbucks favorite. The company announced it would bring it back sooner than later due to cooler temperatures, but they may not have realized it would be met with such backlash.

Where is the Pumpkin

Photo credit: Food Babe

After a bit of prodding about the content of the coveted PSL, Vani Hari (aka The Food Babe) got some answers. The company doesn't list ingredients... it says, "The Pumpkin Spice Latte is of pumpkin and traditional fall spice flavors combined with espresso and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice."

You might have seen her now-famous infographic floating around in cyberspace, aiming to uncover the truth about the not-so-pumpkin pumpkin spice latte.

Some people say that waging a war against the PSL due to its chemicals is not fair, because some foods we consume — water, for example — are chemicals.

Whats in a Starbucks PSL?

Photo credit: Food Babe

So what's in it? According to Food Babe:

  • There are two doses of Caramel Color Level IV, which is made with ammonia and considered a carcinogen.
  • It includes Mansanto Milk cows that are fed GMO corn, soy and artificial flavors made from petroleum
  • Preservatives and sulfites, which can trigger allergic reactions
  • Potential pesticide residue from using non-organic coffee beans
  • Condensed conventional milk, which is not vegan even if you order it with soy milk
  • There are no "real pumpkin" ingredients
  • According to one report, Starbucks says that one pump of pumpkin sauce contains eight grams of sugar — and a grande has three pumps. That's 24 grams just from the syrup — there are 49 grams total.

Wanna dig deeper into the PSL "conspiracy?" Read her full post, which gives you a college-level overview of the chemical components in a pumpkin spice latte.

Don't care and still plan to have one soon? Eh, life could be worse. Fall comes but once a year — perhaps enjoying a PSL isn't so bad after all. Or try this easy homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe.

What I really wonder is what happens after the PSL has lost its buzz — will Food Babe dish on the peppermint latte next? Please don't ruin it for us!

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