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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Drink A Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Pumpkin spice lattes are back and if full swing but if you love to drink them…you might NOT want to read this.


1.  After five minutes.  Drinking something sweet activates your brain’s reward system and triggers the release of endorphins.  But if you’re sensitive to a preservative called potassium sorbate, you might start to get a headache.

2.  After 15 minutes.  The 12 teaspoons of sugar you just drank begin to raise your blood sugar, but the 14 grams of fat from the milk and whipped cream slow the spike, so you don’t feel as hyper as you would after drinking a can of soda.

3.  After 20 minutes.  Your blood sugar continues to rise, which triggers the release of insulin.  And you should be feeling slightly energetic, as the stimulating effects of caffeine begin to kick in.  But if you’re sensitive to it, it can act as a laxative.

4.  After 30 minutes.  As your body absorbs the fat you drank, triglycerides enter your blood stream.  And over time, high triglyceride levels can clog your blood vessels, raise your cholesterol, and increase your risk of heart disease.

5.  After four hours.  Your blood sugar crashes, so you start to crave food and since your triglyceride levels are still elevated, a low-fat option is your body’s best bet.

About AJ

Your afternoon host AJ has been in Seattle for over 5 years and SO much has happened in his life since moving here. He and his wife of 7 years Nicole, had their first baby (Max...he is now 2) and they bought their first home here. When AJ isn't on the air, at a sporting event supporting one of our local teams (ESPECIALLY the Sounders and Seahawks) or hosting an event for one of the organizations that he works with including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, March For Babies, Susan G Komen and Washington Trails Association, he is more than likely climbing a mountain! "I love everything this place has to offer, from world-class entertainment, to the incredible food to all of its natural beauty with so many amazing mountains and trails at our doorstep! I LOVE the Pacific Northwest and am proud to call it home and do what I love to do with an incredible group of people."