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Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee--Finally Fulfilled

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A decadent cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee
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?

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!):

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.

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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