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Starbucks: The Healthiest Place on Earth?

Starbucks has announced that it is going to be making its U.S. coffee houses free of an artificial growth hormone (rBGH) used in dairies to increase milk production.

Why should we care? rBGH is given to dairy cows to increase the level of another growth hormone in both cows and humans known as IGF-1, and the elevated levels of IGF-1 has been associated with increased cancer rates. Growth hormone supplements are also thought to be harmful to the dairy cows. The dairy products involved will include fluid milk, half-and-half, whipping cream and eggnog.

This follows the recent news that Starbucks is also moving to rid its stores of artery clogging trans fat.

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Hope5 Hope5 10 years
I love starbucks.
katie225 katie225 10 years
jamba juice, healthy? i don't think so! most of their drinks have tons of sugar (sure, most of it is natural sugar from the fruit, but it's still a ton) and tons of calories. i love my jamba juice, don't get me wrong, but thinking it's a healthy alternative that you can drink everyday is just not good thinking. i applaud starbucks for making this decision about growth hormones. i already drink milk that doesn't have it (such as any organic milk, alta dena milk, and knudsen milk, for example), and it's hard to convince people that these hormones can't be good for you. hopefully this brings some awareness to people like my parents who think that it'll "taste funny" because it's organic, or my sister who thinks that organic milk is unpasteurized (which is illegal, so no, it doesn't happen).
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
This opinion is of food from starbucks previous to any of the health announcements...just wanted to make that clear... I think they should stick to coffee and leave the pastries and yummies to Au Bon Pain or Vie de France. The only things I really even like that they have are the chocolate pastries, and those are gone...the breakfast sandwhiches are okay, but I prefer a good ole egg mcmuffin...which you can have, with hashbrowns for only 410 calories...*for those of us who need a fast food fix once in a while...*
meghankj meghankj 10 years
Has anyone tried the sugar free syrup for the Cinn.Dolce latte? I haven't' been brave enough b/c the regular is so tasty.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
good place.
agoite agoite 10 years
I love the cinnimon dolce latte. I'm addicted, too. In any way shape or form. I should own stock!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Maybe since they use so much milk dairy farmers might think twice about using the hormone. Probably not, but it's a nice thought.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
yes i love the cinnamon dolce latte! i get it non fat...but....then when they ask "whip?" i end up saying yes...ugh need willpower!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Have you guys tried the new cinnamon dolce latte?? Even w/non-fat milk and sugar-free syrup, it's sooooo good (I'm sure it's PHENOMENAL with whole milk and sugary syrup, though! :))
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
HA! I think they got it twisted -- they must mean that Jamba Juice is the most healthy place on earth. (I'm not a coffee drinker -- gross!)
DStirk DStirk 10 years
me too!
Fergie-Ferg Fergie-Ferg 10 years
i hope so! i'm a total addict.
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