Anatomy of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (Infographic)
Ingredients: Heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup, containing sugar, water, natural flavors, potassium sorbate preservative, citric acid, and carmel coloring.
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Ingredients: Sweetened condensed nonfat milk —Because the milk is already included in the pumpkin syrup, even if you choose soy milk as a base for your PSL, there’s no way to make it entirely dairy-free or vegan. Sugar — Along with the sweetened condensed milk, the pumpkin syrup contains additional sugar. High-fructose corn syrup —A cheaper, processed version of sugar, HFCS rounds out the trifecta of sweeteners here. Annatto — A natural orange food dye derived from a tree seed. Natural and artificial flavorings (unspecified). Caramel color — This widely used coloring has been shown to cause cancer in mice and hypertension in humans. Salt —A PSL contains 220 mg of sodium. Potassium sorbate —A flavorless synthetic preservative used to prolong shelf life, it has been linked to skin irritation on contact, as well as gastrointestinal distress.

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