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Lets Talk… Puppuccino


Starbucks have a non-menu item for our pets,

an espresso shot sized cup of whipped cream, and it’s FREE!

What could be better?

Especially seeing as we’ve been learning to ‘up the fats’ in our pets diet, right.

Well, no.

As soon as you look at the actual ingredients, you may think twice:

  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Mono and Diglycerides: stabilizers
  • Carrageenan

Thankfully Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food has already researched this last ingredient and written about it in Dog Naturally Magazine.

There are two types of Carrageenan, unfortunately ’human grade’ has yet to be established as ’free from potentially cancer-causing material’, and is known to induce inflammation (Tobacman, 2001) more worryingly it’s been shown to do this particularly to intestinal epithelial cells (Bhattacharrya et al. (2007) and in fact kills those cells (Bhattacharyya et al. 2008). It’s also been shown to inhibit insulin signalling (Bhattacharyya et al. 2015) and has been linked to cancer and diabetes (Cornucopia Institute, 2016) what’s worse is that this is not news as has been known since at least 1971 (Rosa et al.)

So, will you take the risk?



Bhattacharyya S, Borthakur A, Pant N, Dudeia P, Tobacman JK (2007) Bcl10 mediates LPS-induced activation of NF-κB and IL-8 in human intestinal epithelial cells. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 293:G429–G437

Bhattacharyya S, Borthakur A, Dudeja PK, Tobacman JK (2008) Carrageenan induces cell cycle arrest in human intestinal epithelial cells in vitro. J Nutr 138:469–475

Bhattacharyya S, Feferman L, Tobacman JK (2015) Carrageenan inhibits insulin signaling through GRB10-mediated decrease in Tyr(P)-IRS1 and through inflammation-induced increase in Ser(P)307-IRS1. J Biol Chem 290:10764–10774

Cornucopia Institute (2016). Carrageenan, new studies reinforce link to inflammation, cancer and diabetes. [retrieved on 16-Jan-2017]

Rosa et al. (1971) Studies of the mediators of the acute inflammatory response induced in rates in different sites by carrageenan and turpentine. The Journal of Pathology  10.1002\path.1711040103
Tobacman, J.K. (2001) Review of harmful gastrointestinal effects of carrageenan in animal experiments. Environmental Health Perspectives 109(10):983-994 [Internet]

Turner, H. B. (2017) Lets Talk… Puppuccino Healthful Dog 4[4]:249

One Comment leave one →
  1. 02/06/2019 4:11 pm

    I make my dogs their own version of the starbucks puppuchino…..I may use their cup for photo purposes but I use non dairy CocoWhip or other non dairy whipped cream! My dogs like Cocowhip made from coconut milk…….coconuts are good for dogs- of course anything in huge quantities is bad but in small or limited amounts this is better than dairy for your dog.

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