This Is Why You Should Avoid The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

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With the fall season comes pumpkins. And what better way to embrace the cool weather and beautiful fall colors than with a warm, pumpkin spice latte?

If you’re a pumpkin spice fanatic, you’ve probably found yourself in the Starbucks drive-thru recently as their seasonal fall drinks are back on the menu. As tempting as their pumpkin spice latte may sound, there are actually a LOT of reasons why you should NOT drink it!

Why You Should NOT Drink A Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

To date, Starbucks has sold more than 200 million cups of this seasonal fall latte. But do customers know what they are drinking? Unfortunately many big companies prioritize FLAVOR and PROFIT over QUALITY and NUTRITION. They get away with this quite successfully because most consumers don’t demand better.

50 Grams Of Sugar Per Grande Serving

If you order a non-fat grande pumpkin spice latte, you will be drinking down 50 grams of sugar. The World Health Organization recommends consuming only about 25 grams of sugar per day. That means drinking a 16 oz cup of this latte would give you DOUBLE the amount of recommended daily sugar! That’s two days worth of sugar in one drink.

It is quickly becoming common knowledge that sugar overdose is a major contributor to poor health. A recent study in 2013 reviewed the availability of sugar and rates of diabetes in 175 countries and found that increased sugar in a population’s food intake was linked to higher rates of diabetes.

Many people who choose to seriously reduce or eliminate refined sugar from their diet have found relief from certain symptoms and ailments.

Monsanto GMO Milk

Starbucks uses conventional milk in all of its products. Why is this a big deal? In 1994, the use of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) in dairy cows was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The injection (invented by Monsanto) of this hormone helps cows produce about 20% more milk. It ALSO stimulates some unanticipated action in the liver, making it increase Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) levels in a cow’s milk by 80% or more. IGF-1 is a protein produced by people (and cows) and is important for growth during childhood as well as anabolic activity in adults. So not only does rBGH and IGF-1 affect the cows, but it also ends up in their milk and thus into every person who chooses to drink it.

Should we be concerned about this?

The IGF-1 produced by both cows and humans is identical, meaning the same 70 amino acids are arranged in the same order for this hormone in cows and in people. The overabundance of this hormone in cow milk has been linked to increased cancer risk and premature arrival of puberty.

Natural Flavors

Most people see “natural flavors” and don’t feel concerned. Although natural flavors aren’t necessarily bad for you, they do come with some potential problems. You see, nature pairs flavors with specific nutrients, so when you eat a blueberry, your body knows it is consuming certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that it needs to thrive. When companies take “natural flavors” out of food to add into processed products, they take ONLY the flavor, but none of the nutrients.

Why is this a problem? Well, when you eat or drink something containing “natural flavors,” your body THINKS it is getting nutrients that it’s not. So you begin to crave processed foods over real foods and your body ends up deficient in vital nutrients.

Possible Pesticide Residue

Starbucks uses non-organic coffee beans, which means they may contain residue of pesticides, herbicides and other carcinogenic chemicals. Not only that, but conventional coffee beans are often washed in chlorine and ammonia before being roasted and packaged. These are NOT chemicals you want to be consuming, even in small amounts!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Try making this delicious latte yourself instead of spending money at the coffee shop. You’ll know every ingredient and your body will thank you!


  • 1 cup of warm almond milk
  • 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of maple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet your like your latte to be)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 serving Organifi Gold (optional)



1. Over medium heat and using a small pot, combine coffee, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, spices and Organifi Gold.

2. Whisk the mixture until smooth.

3. Transfer the mixture to your favorite mug and top with the warm almond milk and a dash of ground cinnamon.

You can also place all of these ingredients into a blender and just blend until it comes out smooth and creamy.

We hope you love this pumpkin spice latte! What is the best homemade coffee beverage you’ve ever had? Drop us the recipe here so we can share it with our readers.

Remember, we’re in this together.


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