Food Babe Investigates: Sabotaged at Starbucks

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Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe) is a regular contributor on 100 Days of Real Food. To learn more about Vani check her out on “Our Team” page.

Trying to get through the maze of what is offered at Starbucks can be pretty daunting – hopefully this information will clear up any nagging thoughts about what’s REALLY in their food and drinks. I couldn’t help but shake my head at the things I uncovered, which had me asking – how many times have people unknowingly gotten sabotaged at Starbucks?

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Starbucks was using crushed up bugs to color their Strawberry Frappuccinos. Luckily, they responded to the public outcry and eliminated that beetle juice. You’d think they would have taken the time to clean up the rest of their menu, but no such luck. Did you know that Starbucks uses ingredients that are scarier than bugs and could even be harmful to your health? That’s where the real sabotage begins…

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Top 5 Ways To Get Sabotaged At Starbucks:

1. Coffee

You might think it is a bit radical to suggest not drinking their most prized ingredient that makes over 85,000 different combination of drinks, but it’s also radical drinking and paying a premium for coffee that’s ridden with potential toxins. Let’s get real here, they do not actually serve organic coffee at most Starbucks locations, which means (like all brands of conventional coffee) it’s been sprayed with pesticides. We all know Starbucks coffee ain’t cheap, but most people don’t know that regular consumption of conventional coffee can be a serious source of pesticide exposure.

Starbucks coffee is grown all over the world in developing nations. The United States doesn’t regulate the type and amount of pesticides foreign countries use in their production of coffee beans, which makes consuming non-organic coffee on a regular basis pretty risky. You could be drinking toxins from pesticides that are in fact banned here in the United States but not else where, like the pesticide Chlorpyrifos that is a contact poison. It has caused human deaths, and has been linked to birth defects. It is extremely toxic to birds, freshwater and marine organisms, bees, and other wildlife.

Furthermore, we know that increased exposure to pesticides are linked to birth defects, nerve damage and cancer. The President’s Cancer Panel has urged us not to consume food sprayed with pesticides and doesn’t believe any amount is safe.

And in regards to their decaf… did you know that conventional decaffeinated coffees are made decaf by soaking the beans with a chemical called ethyl acetate used in nail polish and glues and a carcinogen called methylene chloride?

2. Soy Latte (or anything else with Starbucks organic soy milk)

Logically, it makes sense to choose organic soy milk, since Starbucks decided to eliminate organic cow’s milk as an option a few years ago. But not so fast. Starbucks organic soy milk has one ingredient they would rather you not know about. This ingredient was recently highlighted in a report generated by the Cornucopia Institute and echoed in a recent NYTimes article about non-organic ingredients allowed in organic food. One of those questionable ingredients is carrageenan, which is derived from seaweed and is in Starbucks branded organic soy milk. This substance is reported to cause intestinal inflammation and can be become a carcinogen once it is digested.

How such an ingredient became allowed in organic food is bigger than just Starbucks. However, companies ultimately make the decision to use or not to use these harmful ingredients.

Carrageenan can also be found in other Starbucks food and drink products including their cakes, scones, yogurt and Light Frappuccinos.

3. Baked Goods & Other Food Offerings

Sure, Starbucks made a commitment a couple of years ago to eliminate transfat, artificial colors, and high fructose corn syrup from their food products. They said they listened to us and responded. However, I think Starbucks may need a hearing aid. Just because a company gets rid of certain ingredients doesn’t automatically make the food completely natural or “real”.  For instance, the Reduced Fat Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake has over 75 ingredients!

Ingredients in Starbucks food products still include:

  • Refined FloursWhite flour that has been stripped of its nutrients and provides nothing but empty calories that contribute to chronic disease & obesity.
  • Chemically Derived Sugars – Some products like the lemon pound cake contain 6 different types of processed sugars (e.g. powdered sugar, glycose syrup, corn syrup, maltodextrin, dextrose, etc.).
  • Preservatives – The Mayo Clinic reported that the preservative sodium benzoate (an ingredient found in the Iced Lemon Pound Cake) may increase hyperactivity in children. Also, when sodium benzoate combines with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) benzene can form a carcinogen and kill DNA cells, accelerating aging.
  • Growth Hormone - Starbucks has eliminated growth hormone milk in their core dairy products, but not in their food products. That means you could be still be ingesting a substance that has been reported to cause breast, colon and prostate cancers.
  • Cellulose Gum – This a filler made from wood pulp your body can’t even digest.
  • Proplyene Glycol – This is an ingredient in the Apple Fritter and Reduced Fat Cinnamon Swirl Cake, which is derived from petroleum and a key chemical that is used to make anti-freeze.
  • Azodicarbonamide – This substance, found in Starbucks croissants, is banned in the U.K., Europe and Australia, and if used in Singapore can result in fines up to $450,000 and a 15 year prison sentence! This ingredient has been reported to cause asthmatic symptoms in people who inhale it and can also increase certain food sensitivities.
  • Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMOs) - Several of the listed ingredients are likely genetically modified. We’ll never know for sure how much of Starbucks products are genetically modified since they are currently not required to be labeled in this country. But we do know that the consumption of GMO foods poses a serious threat to our health and have been linked to toxicity, allergic reactions and fertility issues.
  • Cheap Oils -  Soy, canola or corn oil can be found in almost all of Starbucks’ products. Over-consumption of these cheap oils are causing an abundance of Omega 6 fatty acids in our diets. The imbalance of Omega 6 fatty acids increases the risk of inflammation, heart disease, obesity, and prostate and bone cancer.

4. “Refreshers” Beverage

This brand new drink that just came out last week gives the allure of fresh and real, but it’s anything but. The ingredients are the same for both flavors of the refresher drinks. What?  How can one taste like “Cool Lime” and the other one taste like “Berry Hibiscus” when they have both have the same base ingredients? Huh?  Looking at the two different boxes these “handcrafted” drinks came out of, the ingredients read:

Starbucks Refreshers Beverage: Water, Sugar, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Natural Green Coffee Flavor, Citric Acid, Erythritol, Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid E300), Rebaudioside A (Stevia)

Starbucks calls white grape juice concentrate (which involves heating the juice to high temperatures and adding some chemicals to get a more condensed product) “real fruit juice.”  The only difference between the two drinks was the addition of freeze dried lime to one drink and freeze dried blackberries to the other. I guess that explains how they “handcraft” it.  McDonalds must also handcraft their burgers when they put the bun on them, huh?

It is interesting that Green Coffee Extract was not actually in the drink like they advertise. It is included in the refresher products they sell packaged in the store, but not in the version baristas make behind the counter. Is this their way of tricking us into buying a cheaper derivative of Green Coffee – just the flavor and not the extract?

When I realized that both drinks contained added sugar as the second ingredient and “natural flavor,” I immediately knew this drink was pure JUNK. Manufactured natural flavor is contributing to what David Kessler (former head of the FDA) calls a “food carnival” in your mouth.  This makes it difficult to stop eating or drinking because the flavors they have synthesized trick your mind into wanting more and more. Starbucks doesn’t give us the full essence of a hibiscus or cucumber mint – just the best 1 millionth part of the taste – so we only want more of that product, which in turns fills Starbucks’ pockets. When companies use manufactured flavor, they literally are “hijacking” your taste buds one-by-one.

Please note, natural flavor is found in almost all of Starbucks products, not just this new drink. Their smoothies are also made with a product that comes from a box and contains juice concentrate with natural flavors and natural color as opposed to 100% real fruit. I should also note that their mocha chocolate sauce, used to flavor many drinks and their chocolate smoothie, still contain high fructose corn syrup, too. They haven’t eliminated high fructose corn syrup in their drinks, only their food. This is yet another marketing trick Starbucks has played on us.

5. Frappuccinos

Did you know the CEO of Starbucks doesn’t even drink Frappuccinos? And I think I’ve figured out why. Frappuccinos are full of refined sugar, natural and artificial flavors, and a substance called caramel coloring. California recently included caramel coloring on its annual list of carcinogens that require warning labels.

This type of caramel isn’t the stuff you make at home by cooking sugar. This caramel color is manufactured by heating ammonia and sulfites under high pressure, which creates carcinogenic compounds. Caramel color is classified into four different classes; Class IV being the worst and the one that is listed on the Starbucks Frappuccino label. Whether you choose the regular or light version of a Frappuccino, you are getting a dose of this known carcinogen proven to cause liver tumors, lung tumors, and thyroid tumorsin rats and mice.

When The Center for Science in the Public Interest studied two different brands of soda earlier this year, they found that both had dangerous levels of caramel coloring and could be contributing to thousands of cancers in the US. This prompted Coke and Pepsi to quickly change their formulas so they didn’t have to include the cancer warning label on their products in California. I wonder what level of carcinogenic compounds a Frappuccino has, don’t you? Maybe someone should test it. I think it should be removed altogether from the FDA’s approved list of additives considering this substance is only added for cosmetic reasons and serves no real purpose!

Frappuccinos aren’t the only products at Starbucks that contain caramel coloring, the “Perfect” Oatmeal even has it! This is alarming to say the least, considering the oatmeal is one of the most popular and “safer” sounding menu items at Starbucks. To quote Starbucks, “The most important meal of the day is the first. So why not make it nutritious and delicious?” I’m not sure if consuming carcinogens first thing in the morning is really nutritious, are you?

Despite all these ways in which Starbucks can sabotage me, I still like to use their free internet. Many of the stores now carry bananas, organic dried fruit, and some quality granola bars without synthetic ingredients that I would buy if I needed a snack. I always read the label no matter what I am buying just to be sure.

My favorite treat to get at Starbucks is absolutely free. They will give a cup of hot water to anyone that asks. Since I always carry a few extra bags of organic tea with me, I know I can always have a healthy beverage on the go from Starbucks for free anytime I like. I also like to use this free hot water option to make my own quick cooking oatmeal without carcinogenic caramel coloring!

But if you aren’t a tea drinker and are still clamoring for a Frappuccino, but don’t want to consume harmful ingredients…I’ve got a couple of recipes for you! Try my Homemade Organic Frappuccino with no refined sugars, artificial colors, flavors or carcinogens today or try Lisa’s Maple Mocha. Both of these recipes are so easy to make, you’ll never have to worry about getting sabotaged at Starbucks again.

Vani HariVani Hari a.k.a. Food Babe is an organic living expert, food activist and writer on FoodBabe.com. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth. To follow Vani, check her out on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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272 comments to Food Babe Investigates: Sabotaged at Starbucks

  • You’re unlikely to make a lot of friends with this post, but bravo for writing it. You’ve inspired me to write blog about this myself as I was unaware of these facts, as are most others I would imagine. Thanks!

  • I never understood the Starbuck’s attraction. I like the coffee and muffins I make at home.

    Great post!!

  • Kate

    Thanks so much. I am confused about the Green Coffee Extract…could you explain a little more? I just drank one of those Refresher’s in Switzerland, not knowing anything about it but I don’t like the idea of having coffee and not knowing it! That is waht I was trying to avoid by getting the drink!

  • Paige

    I don’t like Starbucks coffee anyways, it is too strong and tastes burnt to me most of the time. We have a Caribou Coffee nearby and they have several organic varieties. Their decaf coffee is decaffeinated using a chemical-free process. All of their coffees are rainforest alliance certified as well, which means the workers and environment are protected from harmful growing practices.

  • MyPeaceOfFood

    Hard to believe NOTHING is safe to drink there…thanks for letting me know. Will have to see your recipe to find out what kind of coffee is pesticide free. We drink K-cups…I’m guessing none are good quality. I bought Zen green tea K-cups yesterday, thankfully, to try!

  • Marie

    Wow. Smart to avoid Starbucks with those ingredients, thanks for the report!

    However, I think getting “free” hot water and using your own tea bag and then utilizing a chair and “free” internet is stealing (without buying anything else). I don’t think that is an honest (or moral) action to advocate.

    • Actually it’s not stealing or actually free…because you are advertising for them when you drink out of their cup. That’s why they do it. Smart company, eh?

      • Actually they do it to provide a service to their customers. Did you know the cup and lid and napkins and everything else you use actually costs them money? I did the order for my store for about a year and actually saw the cost. When you drink it in store you aren’t doing any advertising, you are just costing money, but it is part of the third place environment they want to create so they give it to you for free. And they pay that barista to give it to you and even offer them health insurance and such…shocking,huh? A company can do right by some things as they still work to improve other areas within a VERY flawed food system.

        • Like I mention in the post, I still buy organic packaged products. During the visit, where this picture was taken, I ate “Peeled” organic dried mango and it was amazing! Also – Starbucks provides internet free without purchase and makes a statement on their website as such.

          From Starbucks Website: Starbucks offers free, one-click, unlimited Wi-Fi at all company-owned stores in the United States, including instant access to the Starbucks Digital Network. There’s no purchase or subscription required, no password needed and no time limit on your session.

          Just open a browser on your laptop or mobile device and click “Connect.” We want to provide you with a great digital experience to go with your great cup of coffee. We hope you’ll visit us soon!

          • Marie

            I think that works for both the consumer and the company then (purchasing food and bringing in your own tea bag)! I know you mentioned that they do carry things you do buy; I was just making the point that emphasizing that you can go there, bring your own food, get “free” hot water/cup and then take up a chair using their “free” internet detracted (in my opinion) from the point of your post. If everyone did that, the store wouldn’t stay in business.

  • micahwhitehead

    I always carry my tea with me as well! Thanks for the heads up on the hot water.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    Wow this is great info to have. I’m so sad to learn the chocolate banana smoothie has HFCS!! That was a favorite of mine. Boooo Starbucks!!

  • The only problem with their free hot water, is that those cups are lined with BPA-filled plastic. Putting hot liquid in it only ignites the flame.

  • Elizabeth

    I thought that only degraded(not food-grade)carageenan was shown to be carcinogenic. Am I missing something?

  • As a former barista I am a bit biased. Starbucks is certainly not perfect, kind of like pretty much any food or drink retailer out there. The way this country eats and food is processed makes it virtually impossible to make things the way I would prefer to make my family…and really we aren’t perfect at home either. Starbucks has made many steps in the right direction and I personally applaud those steps. There are many more to go, but they are also worried about things like consistency across the world and offering an experience (with things like free WIFI and hot water for anyone who asks) as well as health insurance for part time employees, working to help communities get clean water, getting a fair price for coffee, health care and such for the farmer’s who grow their product in other countries, etc. It is easy to jump on all the wrongs, but some of the things you listed push the envelope in my opinion. Almost all coffee has some sort of pesticides on it, but did you know that many varieties Starbucks carries are shade grown or grown at high altitudes? Those varieties do not need nearly the amount of pesticide to be applied, which makes them not organic, but much, much closer.

    Handcrafting means it is made by a barista, not what is in the drink. I could go on and on, but I know that overall I’m proud of the work Starbucks does around the world and while they are far from perfect, they do more than almost all other food and drink retailers out there in many environmental, volunteer, and human rights areas. I’m guessing we’ll see other articles about some of the issues at other companies coming right? :) Just had to stick up for a company that served me well for 3+ years.

    • Amber

      As a former barista of five years, I would have to agree with your post and am glad you wrote it! :). And Starbucks does carry organic coffee just for the record. :) Some people sure have a lot of time on their hands!

      • Yes that’s true, you can buy the coffee beans the store, which is great! But they don’t actually serve and brew organic coffee at all the stores because they would have to get a complete separate grinder for it. As soon as they grind it with the other beans, it would be contaminated with pesticide coffee.

    • Cutie

      You must have missed her past investigations on Chick-fil-a and Subway. Great articles you should read them and I don’t think she means for anybody to take it personally. Personally, Food Babe I think you are heaven sent. Thanks for the education.

  • heather

    thanks for your research. Someone commented on caribou coffee…could you look into that? My husband loves coffee and I won’t go to Starbucks after reading your report.

  • Ashley

    Although Starbucks isn’t doing their best to use “real” ingredients, it is a great place to work and the company does a lot of giving back in different communties. Also, the mocha we use does not contain HFCS, none of our drinks do. I am a barista, and if you came into my store I would gladly tell you the ingredients on any product. I try to steer people to better choices, but most can’t be helped. I hear grande skinny vanilla latte with 5 splendas very often and it makes me cringe every time. People need to take more responsibility for what they feed themselves and their children; it’s the worst when I hand out a caramel Frappuccino and know a child is going to drink it. Bleh.

    • Are you sure? See the email I got from Starbucks regarding their “Mocha Sauce” that they use in the Chocolate Smoothie and to top off other drinks.

      Starbucks Customer Care Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Dear Vani,

      The ingredients in the mocha sauce contains: Corn Syrup, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Cocoa (processed with alkali 13%), Potassium Sorbate (preservative E202), Artificial Flavor.

      I hope this helps. If you ever have any questions or concerns in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

      Sincerely,

      Michelle J

      customer service

      • Esther

        I’m currently a barista, and I can tell you that I was really impressed when I started working at Starbucks and made the mocha sauce. The only ingredients are sugar (plain old sugar), cocoa (plain old cocoa), and vanillin (which I imagine is synthetic, because of cost). I’m not sure what that customer service rep was looking at, but those are the ingredients listed on the package.
        Also, I know a lot of people are furious that Starbucks was using bugs for coloring, but isn’t that a natural colorant? Isn’t that better than red dye? I’m pretty sure we all eat a lot more bugs than we’d care to know about, but humans always have!

        • is it possible that the ingredients that the rep listed include whatever is in vanillin? just a thought :)

          • Esther

            Vanillin is a phenolic aldehyde, an organic compound with the molecular formula C8H8O3. Its functional groups include aldehyde, ether, and phenol. It is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean. Synthetic vanillin, instead of natural vanilla extract, is sometimes used as a flavoring agent in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. (Found this on wikipedia, but it shows that all those other things would not be in this ingredient)

        • Michele

          Esther – It might only be better if you were more concerned about eating dyed foods than consuming a non-kosher product or any product that is not vegetarian/vegan.

      • Ashley

        That would be the mocha sauce for retail sale. I’m not sure why she would send you the ingredients for that one, but the mocha used behind the counter for beverages is a powder with the ingredients sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, and vanillin. We mix this with hot water and it becomes our mocha sauce.

    • Ruthie

      I think some people kind of naturally assume that Starbucks uses healthy & natural ingredients because of their prices as well as the way they advertise. I know I did. I drank starbucks coffee nearly every day which thoroughly disgusts me now. I don’t do fast food and I’m pretty strict with my diet & figured a cup of nonfat milk, coffe & a little natural flavoring would be good for me. How wrong I was!

  • Susan

    I drnk unsweetened green iced tea. I wonder how that stacks up?

  • Stacy

    I don’t go to Starbucks, but this is great information for those who do. I wanted to suggest a topic for Food Babe’s next investigation. It’s not actually food based, but I would love her opinion/research on clean and cruelty free (and not terribly expensive) cosmetics, lotions, shampoo, etc. I feel like I have a handle on good household cleaning products, but it’s hard to find good makeup and skincare with all the conflicting information and what’s safe and not safe. I’m not sure about other readers, but not only is it important for the product to have safe ingredients, but I don’t want to use anything that’s been tested on animals either. Just a suggestion, maybe other readers will be intersted in this topic too! Keep up the good work Food Babe!

  • Jodi

    This isn’t surprising at all, but it also isn’t as alarming as you make it out to be. If someone wants to go to an all-natural coffee shop, I don’t think Starbucks would ever be their first stop.

    I second the notion that going into Starbucks and ordering nothing but a cup of hot water is inappropriate and rude, however. Also, I don’t think it’s the barista’s business to try to direct customers toward healthier choices.

    BTW, K-cups are pretty maddening, aren’t they? All that wasteful packaging!

  • cara

    I won’t go to Starbucks simply b/c I refuse to pay their prices; lol. Now I know it’s not safe for me either. I’ll stick with my (lisa’s) mocha latte at home!

    Have you ever investigated Chipotle? They claim to have fresh and local food, but they’ve grown to be so huge that I am leery…

  • teakat

    Starbucks does not advertise as being an organic coffeehouse. They do offer some healthier choices,which is a good thing. As consumers we need to be aware of what we are putting into our bodies, but I still like what the establishment produces.
    I think you need to be fair when doing a blog such as this, and compare and contrast with other similar establishments. In this case, what about Peet’s or Caribou?

    • K

      I agree. If Starbucks advertised as being an all-natural, organic establishment, then this article would be an AH-HA! revelation. But it was huge news several months ago when it was “revealed” that their red dye is (was) derived from bugs, and it seems ridiculous to me that anyone could go in there and think that a drink filled with caffeine, sugar, whipped cream, chocolate, and who knows what else, is completely healthy. Like teakat said, we need to be aware of our own food choices, and while I like that Food Babe brings some of these issues to light, I can’t help but wonder why people haven’t questioned ingredients and nutritional values before now, on their own. How can people feed wronged by Starbucks and Chic-Fil-A and Subway? No one was forced to patronize these establishments, and since ingredients are public information, how was anyone misled?

      • CK

        I think one of the issues is the wordsmithing when it comes to listing the ingredients on the food and drink items. It is quite arduous to look at each ingredient and then look up the definition, chemical structure and the process in which that was created. Which could easily take you up to 10 websites to research one item. Like cargeenan – it’s from seaweed so it should be good for you, right? Well is the process that is the problem that makes it carcinogenic. Same for caramel color. Sounds harmless in and of itself but when you start to look up these things and research them and then find out that it is not a harmless substance anymore it really is quite shocking. Food manufacturers usually are about the cheapest route to create their product. Some have a conscience – many do not. That’s why articles like this are so helpful because now many will speak out, Starbucks will probably change some things. Why couldn’t they just do right to begin with?

    • Ruthie

      They offer healthier cancer-filled cups of coffee? Nice. I’m never going to starbucks again. If you’re going to charge the prices that they do on coffee, they should at least have the DECENCY to serve HEALTHY ingredients. That’s all I want in my one cup of coffe a day. At least you can only spend a dollar on the crap at fast food places (which I do not ever go to). You may as well have a milkshake every morning.

  • Danyelle

    I truly believe that MOST of the people in the US deep down know it isn’t good for us but we can’t articulate why, which makes it hard to justify why we shouldn’t consume it.

    I try very hard to consume better things 80% of the time, if my body is healthy it can deal with the other junk in or around it the 20% of the time.

    We as a nation have been marketed to and led to believe that packages contain things that are ok or “healthy.”… we have lost site of normal and also what true health is. Look at the pharmaceutical companies and everyone..same thing. Business is selling products or services and making money.

  • Great research. Most surprised I was about the oatmeal.

    I think it’s great that Starbucks has fresh fruit available and that in my eyes shows that they are trying to atleast accommodate different people’s needs. You’ll never see fresh fruit in a Tim Horton’s.

    I don’t care for Starbucks but my friends and husband are addicted. I personally will buy a product to use a restaurant or coffee houses services, so I did my own product review on coffee house drinks and found a few things I will have.

    Starbucks always has unsweetened in house brewed passionfruit and green iced teas always. You need to ask for them unsweetened. I also occasionally have a iced caffe latte (2 shots of expresso and milk), or iced coffee (unsweetened double strength coffee). I just add my own Sweetleaf Stevia packet to them.

    While this doesn’t eliminate the organic coffee issue, sticking to these 3 drinks and the fruit has allowed me to avoid most questionable ingredients, use the facilities and free internet in good conscience, and enjoy my time with my friends and family!

  • Food Babe,

    This is a fantastic piece of reporting!

    It saddens me that the people running these big food companies have completely lost their moral compass. It just shows that every person has to become seriously educated about the food that they are putting into their bodies.

    Live well,
    Max

  • Brittani Lopez

    Soooo I am a working mom and have a federal job that includes lots
    Of hours. I’ve tried the whole bring coffee to work and then try to power through that day. Unfortunately, that does not work so I would have to say I hit up Starbucks quite a bit. What is disturbing to me is the Carmel color in the Carmel they use. I know I need to consume organic due to the Ingredients used in products that aren’t organic and try not to think about it since there are no organic restaurants in my area of work. it really blows my mind that these ingredients are legal and makes me even sadder because my all time favorite drink the upside down Carmel macchiato to top things off I live in Cali so glad to know that I’m ingesting carcinogens! At least I know now for my daughters stake!!! No more starbeezys for me :-(

    • Danyelle

      Have you tried green tea with a bit of honey? I do that at work in the afternoon over ice and it is a great pick me up! Also a stainless steel thermos with coffee to go from home in the morning last several hours:)

  • Thanks for the post, even though I love my Starbucks Vanilla Latte. I never eat the baked goods, I’m a home baker and dont really enjoy frozen/packaged baked goods so those are never a temptation for me:) You indicated their decaf coffees are processed with chemicals. I actually emailed Starbucks awhile back about this and not all the decafs are processed with chemicals, some of them are processed via no chemicals. I cant find the email right now, so I emailed them again to get further information:) Thanks again for the post.

    • The Decaf Espresso, Pike’s Place, House Blend, and Willow all use direct contact method which uses the chemicals I mentioned in the post to decaffeinate it.

      Starbucks does sell Decaf Sumatra that uses Natural Decaf method, but not all stores have it or serve it.

  • carolyn elloumi

    I can give up my occasional Iced Latte…I am not sure about my unsweetened ice green tea!

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