Okay, I will admit… I love sitting at coffee shops. I find myself at least 3 times a week working/reading/ or studying at some of my favorite local spots. Yesterday, I was at one of my favorite coffee shops and decided to switch up my order.
I used to be a big coffee drinker (cappuccinos were my go-to.. YUM!) Over the years, I have started to incorporate some green tea into the mix. Since I am on a 21-day cleanse right now, , I have been not been drinking any coffee, instead I have been drinking a TON of water and tea. Yesterday, I was getting a little bored of drinking tea all the time so I decided to try something new. I ordered an almond milk Chai Tea Latte. (In a previous post, I wrote about what type of milk to put in your coffee. Click here to find out more.)
I took one sip and noticed that it was pretty sweet. So I asked the barista, how do you make your chai latte? She said that they brew a bunch of chai tea, they poor the chai tea into the cup with the steamed almond milk and then they add a couple pumps of their chai spice. My next question was, what type of sweetener is in the chai spice? She looked at the bottle and said, it doesn’t say but it does say High Fructose Corn Syrup on the label. YIKES! No thank you.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is something that I tell all of my clients to avoid. Even “when used in moderation, [High Fructose Corn Syrup] is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more.” -Dr Hyman
HFCS is derived from genetically modified corn. It is a cheap sweetener (even cheaper than sugar) because of the government corn subsidies. HFCS is highly processed. The human body is not designed to digest HFCS, it goes directly into the blood stream, causing major sugar spikes followed by drops in sugar.
You can find HFCS in most processed food products and beverages.
Needless to say, I am not concerned by the one sip of the Chai Late that I consumed yesterday. The point is that if you are consuming flavored syrup in your coffee each day, even if they are sugar free, it is important to ask what sweeteners are in the syrup. Chances are that if they are not using HFCS, they are using a cheap poor quality sweetener.
A better option would be to ask for unsweetened almond milk latte or an unsweetened Chai Tea Latte (in my case). Then you can add your own packet of Stevia, or add a small dab of honey to your daily warm beverage. I think that tea might just be the safest option for me while on the cleanse!
So, next time you order your coffee or latte, skip the vanilla or carmel flavoring!
To find out more about the biological affects that HFCS can have, please refer to the link below: