Sherry A. Phillips

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The SHOCKING Truth about your Pumpkin Spice Latte


Do you know the shocking truth about your Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Like many of you who visit Starbucks, I love, love, love their Pumpkin Spice Latte. Each fall, I would eagerly look forward to their signs promoting the return of my favorite fall beverage.

However, I won’t be doing that this year. Why? Because I’ve found out the shocking truth about what’s really in that drink and have decided that it will be in my best interest to make my own!

Here’s the dirt directly from Food Babe:

After reading the ingredients in the Pumpkin Spice Latte, I can tell you that there’s absolutely no pumpkin. Instead, you’ll be drinking this:


  • A Huge Dose of Sugar – A lot of it. Order up a non-fat grande and you’ll get served 50 grams of sugar. Is it a pick-me-up from the caffeine, or all that toxic sugar?
  • Monsanto Milk – Even though over a hundred thousand customers are demanding it, Starbucks refuses to serve organic milk (at all locations). Due to consumer pressure, they stopped using milk from cows injected with growth hormones several years ago, but their milk still comes from cows that are fed genetically modified feed all day long – which is really supporting Monsanto and the biotech companies. When cows survive primarily on a cheap grain diet (corn, soy, alfalfa, cotton) it’s bad for the health of the animals, which is contributing to the overuse of antibiotics and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. If they made the switch to organic milk, or even offered it for that matter, it would ensure that it didn’t come from cows grazing on GMO grains or injected with antibiotics.
  • Pesticide Residue – Starbucks doesn’t serve organic coffee in most locations. Non-organic coffee is considered one of the heaviest chemically treated crops in the world, especially when it’s imported from developing nations that allow pesticides that are restricted in the U.S. due to health concerns, such as Chlorpyrifos.
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors – Since this drink contains absolutely no pumpkin, this is where all that flavor comes from. The problem with both artificial and natural flavors is that their sources are proprietary and you never really know what they are made from.
  • Preservatives and Sulfites – Which may cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks, and is linked with DNA damage.

So, with that in mind, I have come up with my own version which I think is pretty darned good. You might even say that it’s good for you!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 cup strong coffee
1/2 cup organic milk
1/2 cup of organic half and half
1/4 cup 100% Pure Organic Pumpkin (I like Farmer’s Market)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1/8 teaspoon organic pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
2 Drops of Young Living Thieves essential oil

Combine Coffee, Milk, Pumpkin, Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Spice and Thieves in saucepan over low heat until hot. Pour into mugs and top with homemade whipped cream.


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