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A decadent cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee
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I admit that I have been partial to Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Soy Lattes this time of year, but now that Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto, that latte seems much less appetizing. What's a girl to do?

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Not that I bought that much Starbucks coffee before, it's pricey. And what's more important, it requires getting out of my pajamas. One of the main reasons that I have designed my life so that I work at home, is to be able to work in pjs. Sometimes for days at a time. (Don't tell anyone, but don't just pop in unexpectedly for a visit, either.)

However, on occasion, it has been worth it to actually get dressed and drive the 1.7 miles to get my $7 coffee treat. Although in addition to the Monsanto issue, I have other concerns--I'm avoiding soy, I don't do dairy and I'm aware that there are lots of chemicals and additives in the commercial gourmet coffees. I didn't realize how many, though, until I read FoodBabe's blog. She says that Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte includes the following ingredients (and no actual pumpkin!):

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Two doses of Caramel Color Level IV (coloring made with ammonia and considered a carcinogen.)

Monsanto milk (cows fed GMO corn, soy, and cottonseed or soy milk that contans carrageenan, which is linked to intestinal inflammation and cancer.)

A toxic dose of sugar (over 50 grams in "Grande" size.)

Artificial flavors made from substances like petroleum.

Even the soy version of this coffee drink has dairy in it.

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And more, from FoodBabe.


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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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