Many Starbucks fan crave the annual release of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
One consumer advocate however says you should think before you drink.
Vani Hari is described as an influential nutritional advocate.
In her blog, Hari criticizes the Pumpkin Spice Latte because she says it is made with:
• Caramel coloring. The advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the Food & Drug Administration to ban caramel coloring due to safety concerns and a potential cancer risk. Hari, in an email to USA TODAY, says that Starbucks uses it only for “cosmetic” reasons.
Starbucks is “actively looking at phasing out caramel coloring,” said a spokesperson for Starbucks, “In any instances where it is used in our beverages, the level is below the No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) and safe to consume.”
• High fructose corn syrup, at least in some cases.
Starbucks said the standard pumpkin lattes sold in stores do not contain high fructose corn syrup and are sweetened with sugar.
• No pumpkin. Where’s the pumpkin? She asks in the blog.
Starbucks responded saying the drink has the “unmistakable pumpkin pie spices of fall — cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clover — but not actual pumpkin.”