You’ve probably heard that Starbucks just released this year’s Pumpkin Spice Latte. For PSL lovers who can have dairy products, this was exciting news. But eat this, not that! Nutritional analysis has identified an important problem with pumpkin flavored beverages for consumers with a particular dietary restriction. Here’s what nutritionists recommend that you want to know.
After Starbucks discontinued its full fall menu on Wednesday, we heard from a reader who searched for recommendations for dairy-free pumpkin beverages after visiting one of the major chains. (In this case, it wasn’t Starbucks.) “[I] I couldn’t wait to have a PSL, ”she said. “I drank half of it and then googled it. The pumpkin and spice aroma is made with condensed milk. “
It’s true. Unknown to many consumers, many of the major coffee chains, including Starbucks, have milk as an ingredient in their pumpkin syrup. For consumers like the one in this case – a nursing mother with an infant who has extreme milk sensitivity – this can be confusing. “I thought getting oat milk and not whipped cream would be enough,” she told us. Unfortunately, some fall drink lovers learn the hard way. This can be of particular concern to breastfeeding mothers in particular, as it was recently reported that dairy products are the number one food allergy threat to children today.
Katie Bressack, a board certified holistic nutritionist in Los Angeles (and herself a mother of twins): “Personally, I never thought there was dairy [a coffee drink made with plant milk]. “Added,” It’s a good reminder that you have to double-check everything, just like you would read labels in a supermarket. “
To help you navigate the pumpkin seasoning season, here’s a quick list of options to consider if you can’t or can’t drink dairy products.
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The refrigerated section of the grocery store may have a range of non-dairy pumpkin spice sips. Whenever you shop at the grocery store, there is time to review the label and educate yourself.
One plant-based fall treat we’re enjoying this season is the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew with Almond Milk from Califia Farms.
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Margaret Wesdock, RD, LDN, CDCES is a clinical nutritionist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. “It’s surprising how many people don’t know that nutrition information for chain restaurants and eateries is posted online,” Wesdock said of Eat This, Not That! “I also use a nutrition brochure that I took from a Starbucks as an educational tool for my patients. It’s always an eye opener! “
Most chains post their nutritional information online – but this isn’t always the case with limited time offers and seasonal drinks. In that case, read on for another suggestion …
If you’re unsure of what’s in an order and can’t find the information online, ask the barista. If they haven’t been trained to know the answer right away, they should be able to check the containers of ingredients for you.
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Some cafes offer dairy-free pumpkin syrup. Read The Best and Worst New Coffee Drinks This Fall, Dietitian Says to find out which of the big coffee chains made this a priority for their coffee lineups this season.
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