I already know this article isn’t going to make me any friends. Trying to get people to stop drinking Starbucks coffee is like asking the Westboro Baptist Church members to show a glimmer of human decency. It’s just not gonna happen. Be that as it may, it’s important for the millions of coffee addicts who drown their morning fog in a venti triple-shot latte and a couple pink packets of their favorite neurotoxin to know exactly what they’re putting in their bodies.
Why Starbucks Coffee Is Evil
Well, it’s riddled with pesticides for one. I know, you’re most likely exhausted with hearing about pesticides at this point, but the fact remains that they are chemical poisons and increase your risk of nervous system disorders and cancer. That’s just what toxic chemicals do.
Starbucks gets its coffee beans from all over the world. What’s wrong with that?
The US doesn’t regulate pesticides used in foreign countries.
That means Starbucks coffee (and pretty much any conventional coffee for that matter) can still be sprayed with pesticides that the US has banned after reports of serious injury and death.
No amounts of pesticides are safe, so start badgering your local Starbucks store for organic coffee. Some of them do offer it.
Are you a decaf drinker? Have you ever wondered how they get the caffeine out of those beans? They soak them in chemicals that are known carcinogens. That means they cause cancer.
Why Starbucks Organic Soy Milk Is Evil
You’d think I would be happy that Starbucks offered organic soy milk, but I’m not.
Starbucks decided to eliminate cow’s milk as an option some time ago (which does make me happy), but there are still some non-organic ingredients that are allowed in organic foods. No, it doesn’t make any sense to me either. In this case, it’s a derivative of seaweed called carrageenan that causes intestinal inflammation and is carcinogenic once consumed. Carrageenan is also in their cakes, scones, and yogurt.
This is why it’s so important to look more deeply into the things we eat. Companies are getting more savvy in saying one thing and doing another.
Why Starbucks Baked Goods Are Evil
Let’s see, where should we start with this one?
- Refined Flour - You’ll find plenty of this in food served at Starbucks. White flour has no nutritional value whatsoever and is a major culprit in obesity and chronic disease.
- Processed Sugar – Some of their cakes have been found to contain 6 different types of processed sugar. These are toxic to the human body and contribute to just about every degenerative disease you can name.
- Propylene Glycol – Rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. This chemical can be found in a couple of their baked goods. It’s also found in antifreeze.
- Azodicarbonamide - Ahem, really? The U.K., Europe, and Australia were all smart enough to ban this chemical, and if you use it in Singapore you can go to prison, but Starbucks still thinks it’s okay for their croissants.
- Unhealthy Oils - Canola, Corn, and Soy oil are used in dozens of processed foods, including nearly all of Starbucks products. These oils are filled with Omega 6 fatty acids which will cause inflammation and a host of related health issues.
- Preservatives – These are found in various forms in virtually all foods made in a factory. If it comes off a conveyor belt, it probably has some type of preservative in it. Preservatives are a big reason humans suffer from many life threatening illnesses.
- Growth Hormones – Starbucks has stopped using milk containing growth hormones in most of their dairy products, but not their food. Growth hormones have been reported to contribute to several different forms of cancer.
- GMOs - These are in the news a lot lately and have become a major political issue. Labeling for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) isn’t required yet so it’s hard to know the extent of their use, but we know GMOs pose a serious health risk. Statistically, if you’re eating Starbucks food, you’re eating GMOs.
Why Starbucks “Refreshers” Are Evil
These actually make me mad. I understand marketing is necessary but outright deceit infuriates me. They use the words “real fruit juice” and “natural flavors” but these are simply advertising buzzwords included because they know we like them.
The ingredients are:
- White Grape Juice Concentrate
- Natural Flavors
- Natural Green Coffee Flavor
- Citric Acid
- Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid E300)
- Rebaudioside A (Stevia)
How can it be “real” fruit juice if it’s made from concentrate? From concentrate means they heat it up and then add chemicals to condense the final product. How is that real? Besides that, both kinds of Refreshers are made from the exact same ingredients. They have different tastes only because freeze-dried limes are added to one and freeze-dried blackberries are added to the other. Is this what they mean by “hand crafted?” Really? And I fail to see how freeze-dried anything is natural or real.
Also, the “green coffee extract” is not actually in the drink like they advertise. It is included in the packaged Refresher products, but not in the version made behind the counter, so you’re getting just the flavoring, not the true extract. No one tells you that, of course.
Why Natural Flavors Are Evil
The term “natural flavor” tips off the fact that Refreshers and other Starbucks products are manufactured junk.
Be advised that natural flavors are synthesized to trick your brain into wanting more of them. This makes you want to come back and buy and buy and buy.
They are stealthily turning you into an addict against your will. Natural flavors are found in almost all of Starbucks products, so you might not love them for the reasons you think.
Even the smoothies aren’t actually made with 100% real fruit as they claim. They contain juice concentrate, natural flavors, and natural color. See how this term “natural” is thrown around as a marketing gimmick? It has unfortunately become a word you should not trust in advertisements.
Why Starbucks Frappuccinos Are Evil
Caramel coloring = cancer, and it’s in all Starbucks Frappuccinos. It’s a known carcinogen.
Caramel coloring is manufactured by heating ammonia and sulfites under high pressure, which is what creates the carcinogenic compounds.
Animal testing has resulted in liver, lung, and thyroid tumors in mice.
Coke and Pepsi changed their formulas when it was discovered that caramel coloring could be contributing to thousands of cancer deaths every year because they were using dangerous amounts of it in their sodas. They figured it could be bad for business if they had to include a cancer warning label on the can or bottle. And don’t expect the FDA to protect you because caramel coloring is still on their list of approved additives.
You might be thinking you’re doing yourself a favor by having some Starbucks Oatmeal for breakfast, but only if you think that cancer is the best way to start your day. It’s got caramel coloring too. The thing with this additive is that it offers nothing in the way of taste or nutrition. It’s simply to add coloring. Not a very good trade-off in my humble opinion.
If you ask me, the only way to get away from Starbucks unscathed is to bring your own organic tea and ask for some hot water, or just stay home. For daily coffee drinkers, it’s important to buy organic, or consider a toxin-free upgrade. This is what we drink.
*Original research performed and reported by Yani Hari.