The new drink recipe axes artificial pumpkin flavoring and, instead, includes real pumpkin puree (how novel!). It’s also free of caramel coloring, a potential human carcinogen, according to an official Starbucks blog post published yesterday by company executive Peter Dukes. The Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, is the coffee chain’s top-selling seasonal drink—and just one of the many items in the food and beverage world to recently get a healthy makeover. A number of other food giants (including Panera and Chipotle) have recently swapped artificial ingredients in their products for more natural alternatives as customers grow increasingly wary about what’s in their food.
Though it’s not clear how the change will affect the nutritional breakdown of the beverage, the recipe makeover is undoubtedly a step in the right direction in terms of total health. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.