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Starbucks Is Not Putting Pumpkin or Spice In Your PSL

Courtesy of Huffington Post Canada

A recent investigation led by Food Babe Vani Hari revealed that pumpkin spice lattes aren’t made with pumpkin or spices, but a food scientist thinks you might want to keep it that way.

Note: The pumpkin sauce used by Starbucks does contain annato, but specifically uses it to create a pumpkin-like color, not for flavor.

Food scientist Kantha Shelke released a video with the Institute of Food Technologists to prevent panic in the streets and explain how the “natural and artificial flavors” in pumpkin spice sauce trick our brains.

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Essentially, chemically created flavors can hit the right notes on our taste buds to make us feel like we’re drinking a pumpkin pie. If you tried to use real spices, you’d end up making more of a chai latte instead.

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Though these flavors are FDA approved, Hari also unearthed a few more troubling findings about other Starbucks ingredients like the carcinogenic caramel sauce and the condensed milk in the pumpkin sauce that nullifies an otherwise vegan/lactose-intolerant order.

Maybe Starbucks is trying to gradually poison our basic bitch population.

h/t NPR