You Might want to Rethink that Pumpkin Latte

by Rachel Baker on October 21, 2013

There’s a very informative article about what’s really in a McDonald’s Pumpkin Latte – we think you should read this before you order one.

But, back to the ingredients. You’ll also notice caramel color, which was declared a carcinogenic substance by the state of California. In order to avoid putting a warning label on soda cartons, PepsiCo claimed it would discontinue its use following in the footsteps of Coca-Cola, which also phased out caramel color. PepsiCo drew attention this summer after a watchdog group published findings that Pepsi sold outside of California still contained the substance.

The chemical, called 4-methylimidazole or 4-Mel is linked to cancer in mice and rats. Apparently, McDonald’s is just fine keeping this carcinogen in its offerings, despite the consumer pressure that forced PepsiCo and Coca-Cola to remove it. In addition to the caramel color, there are five other additives and preservatives in the latte along with sucralose (also known as Splenda) an artificial sweetener for good measure.

One ingredient that is conspicuously absent from the list is pumpkin. Nope, there’s not a drop. Claiming that this drink is “pumpkin spiced” is misleading, if not an outright lie, but it is all too common for a food industry that bases marketing and product sales on an array of inaccurate and false claims.

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