Before I got pregnant with my son, I was obsessed with pumpkin spice. Like, obnoxiously obsessed. I would go so far as to save coupons and set money aside so that I could scoop up and hoard pumpkin spice scented and flavored anything and everything all year round, not just in the fall. But then something awful happened.

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Out of nowhere, the smell of anything spiced instantly started to make me feel sick and I couldn't catch my breath. My eyes would water and I'd get so stuffed up. I'm six years postpartum and only recently has my sensitivity to pumpkin spice, or any spice for that matter, diminished. You have no idea how happy I am. Six years void of the spice scents and tastes of fall means I have a lot of catching up to do!

I'm not saying that it's not worth it, but did you know that sucking down just one pumpkin spice latte means that you've just ingested as many carbs as you would if you were to eat a bagel? Also, when you drink just one pumpkin spice latte, you will have consumed two times the recommended daily dose of sugar. But wait, there's more...your wallet is definitely lighter because a pumpkin spice latte costs about a dollar more than a regular latte.

Your big cup of pumpkin spice flavored drink might really be what you think it is either.

According to Refinery 29, "Only about 10% of the ingredients in the pumpkin-spice flavoring are natural spices. The remaining 90% is — you guessed it — a blend of synthetic (and sneaky) chemicals."

If you'd like to see more reasons to stay away from a pumpkin spice latte, be my guest. Or, just drink your pumpkin spice latte and be happy and don't worry about what other people think!

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