Pumpkin Spice Latte May Not Be So Nice For Your Skin and Health

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It’s Fall, which means pumpkin spice lattes (PSL) are being advertised everywhere! What seems like the perfect fall drink may actually be harmful to our health and skin.

A #PSL can contain carrageenan, hormone and antibiotic laden milk, 50 grams of sugar in a grande (yikes), artificial flavours, sulfites, and condensed milk (making it non-vegan even with soy milk). Surprisingly, PSL doesn’t even contain real pumpkin.

The amount of sugar and milk used in these lattes can actually contribute to acne flare-ups and aging. Milk contains a disaccharide called lactose, which is made by combing two sugar molecules called glucose and galactose. Sugar is also a big contributor to skin aging due to glycosylation- stay tune for this upcoming blog on sugar and aging. Finally, research studies have found that skim milk can contribute to acne, specifically in adolescent males and females [1,2].

In health and beauty,
Dr. L

Reference:
[1]. Adebamowo CA et al. 2008. Milk Consumption and Acne in Teenaged Boys. J Am Acad Dermatol; 58(5): 787-93.

[2] Adebamowo CA et al. 2006. Milk Consumption and Acne in Adolescent Girls. Dermatol Online J; 12(4):1.

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