A Latte for your Thoughts

A Latte for your Thoughts

4 September, 2014 1

With a full time job, and two young children, it is going to take all the energy I have to publish at least one post per week.  However, from time to time, I come across something that inspires me to jump into action. I will call these Flash Post!

A dear friend and arguably America’s most brilliant novelist posted the following video regarding the potential dangers of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.  While I applaud the effort, he is fighting a losing battle. American’s will drink motor oil if it is topped with whip cream and served in a fancy cup.  If I feel this way; why start a health blog. Firstly, I am an eternal optimist. Also, my initial goal is to encourage people to drink the motor oil in moderation – we can deal with the rest later.

Check out the video.

A tried and proven tactic of the media is to use the threat of cancer to attract eyeballs. Americans just love an ole cancer-threat story. The culprit this time is the chemical ingredient 4-MEI which is found in many flavored coffees and sodas.

Is there any truth to the claim that 4-MEI is a carcinogen? Yes, but so is char-grilled meat.   The point is that almost every chemical you consume increases your risk of cancer to some degree. However, very few chemicals have been linked to cancer when consumed in small doses. 4-MEI is no exception.  You want to know what increases your risk of cancer even more? Not eating enough vegetables and fruit (but that is none of my business).

With that being said, below is an excerpt from the FDA’s website concerning 4-MEI.

In 2007, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued a report summarizing the results of toxicological testing conducted on 4-MEI in rats and mice. A 2-year study in rats was inconclusive regarding carcinogenicity, but a 2-year mouse study showed an increased incidence of certain lung tumors.  

Guess what? That is enough for me.  I will pass on the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. In the infamous words of the character Remo Gaggi, from the 1995 classic movie Casino.

“Look, Why take a chance? At least that’s the way i feel about it.”

If you do decide to enjoy them this holiday; one or two will likely hurt your wallet more than your health. Just remember, however, that you should enjoy these drinks as food-like entertainment which should only be consumed occasionally and/or after a nasty break-up.

I have an even more novel (inside joke) idea.  If you want a pumpkin latte, here is what you should do; (wait for it because it will shock most people)

1) Buy a pumpkin (or pumpkin spice and puree)

2) Buy some milk

3) Buy some coffee

4) Buy some sugar

5) Ideally buy an espresso coffee machine.

Mix the ingredients to taste and enjoy with someone you love.

Or you can follow this recipe from All Recipes.com

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and cannot even spell nutritionist or dietitian, which in my opinion makes me overly qualified to share common sense healthy eating tips. However this blog is for entertainment and informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

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  • Eden Crawford

    Nice Read.