Over the last few months, countless parents across the globe have been sending me pictures of their children drinking green drinks. Every single time I receive one of these photos, my heart leaps out of my chest and melts onto the floor. I am deeply inspired by children enjoying foods that are good for them and packed with nutrition.
Last week, I posted a new investigation into the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte and exposed how Starbucks makes it difficult for its customers to know what they are drinking. This is because:
- Starbucks doesn’t publish the ingredients online.
- Starbucks doesn’t publish the allergen information online.
- Starbucks is inconsistent. We were given slightly different ingredients depending on who we spoke to at Starbucks.
I also broke down the complete list of ingredients in this popular latte, including caramel coloring that contains the chemical 4-Mel, which is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and National Toxicity Program. A 2-year government funded feeding study found that 4-Mel caused lung cancer in mice. The Center of Science in Public Interest and the Consumers Union (the policy and action arm of Consumer Reports) recently petitioned the FDA to take action to limit caramel coloring in soft drinks.
This post quickly went viral, with over 3 million views on FoodBabe.com and 10 million views on Facebook in just a few days. I was incredibly impressed with your activism and how you fearlessly shared this post with your friends and family. You truly got the word out within minutes, and people were listening. This news spread quickly and major news outlets began reporting our story.
This morning I had the amazing opportunity to be on a very popular national TV morning show, Fox & Friends, which gave us a huge platform to continue spreading the word. In case you missed it, the video clip is right here below: (Can you guess my favorite part?)
I really love the smell of pumpkin (especially in the Fall), but, there is at least one seasonal pumpkin treat that I will never order and that’s the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. With more than 200 million sold to date, these drinks sell like hotcakes this time of year, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said it “still ranks as its most popular seasonal beverage”. But, does anyone know what’s really in it?
I found out, and I’m going to break it all down for you here.
I first met Lisa Leake, author of the new 100 Days Of Real Food Cookbook, over 2 years ago at our favorite little cafe Luna’s Living Kitchen and we have been the greatest friends ever since. From the moment we met, we realized we had so much in common, everything from the way we ate, to the love of travel, and of course, we both had real food blogs. Lisa has been more to me than just a friend though, she helped launch my investigations with her readers, continuously nudged me to quit my corporate job to become a full time activist and has mentored me in so many aspects of my life along the way. She’s given me so much inspiration and emotional support throughout this whole journey, I’m not sure what I would do without her! She is a one-of-a-kind woman that I am incredibly lucky to have in my life, but this blog post isn’t about her. It’s about the amazing cookbook she spent 2 years making that is hitting store shelves everywhere this Tuesday. I am incredibly honored to be one of the few guest contributors in the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. I still remember the day she called me one afternoon in August of 2012 to ask me to submit a recipe for her cookbook – seeing it all come to life has been so exciting. (See my recipe page pictured below – can you guess what kind of recipe I shared?)