Starbucks is without a doubt a coffee giant, with more than 23,000 stores in 64 countries around the world and annual sales reaching a whopping $14.9 billion.
But while their products may be popular, the question remains….how healthy is Starbucks, really?
#1: Starbucks coffee quality is lacking.
Besides being laced with pesticides, only a mere 1.1 percent of Starbucks coffee is actually organic. But what about decaf, that’s healthy, right? Wrong. Starbucks decaf coffee is created by soaking the coffee beans in a cocktail of chemical solvents like methylene chloride (which is a suspected carcinogen) and ethyl acetate (which is bad for both the kidneys and liver).
Organic coffee, on the other hand, is decaffeinated in a way that doesn’t violate organic standards, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). There are two accepted methods: a Swiss water process, or a non-toxic carbon dioxide process.
#2: Starbucks milk doesn’t live up to expectations, either.
The milk Starbucks uses comes from factory farmed cows called CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). The cows are injected with antibiotics and fed an unhealthy diet of GMO feed that includes GMO corn, soy, alfalfa, and cotton seed.
#3: Starbucks “organic” soy milk isn’t up to par.
According to research, the only healthy soy for human consumption is fermented soy. In fact, Starbucks organic soy milk contains a questionable ingredient called carrageenan which has been linked to inflammation of the intestines. Some sources also claim this seemingly harmless seaweed derivative can become carcinogenic when digested.
#4: Questionable ingredients in Starbucks baked goods.
Starbucks expensive bakery and snacks may contain the following questionable ingredients: growth hormones that are reported to be carcinogenic, refined flours that contain no nutrients, chemically derived sugars, indigestible wood pulp, cheap oils, petro chemicals used in antifreeze, and sodium benzoate.