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Starbucks, Costa, Caffe Nero and McDonald's drinks contain more sugar than Coca-Cola

Published 17/02/2016

The drink with the highest sugar content was on sale in Starbucks
The drink with the highest sugar content was on sale in Starbucks

Some drinks from high street cafes contain more than double the amount of sugar that's in a can of Coca-Cola, according to a campaign group.

Action on Sugar said that there is "dangerously" high sugar content in some flavoured coffees and other hot drinks.

The charity performed analysis on 131 hot and flavoured drinks and found that 98% of the drinks tested would receive a red nutritional value label for high sugar content.

A third of the hot drinks tested contained the same amount or more sugar than Coca Cola - which has nine teaspoons of sugar per can, a spokesman said.

The drinks assessed included flavoured coffees and hot drinks from some of the UK's best known coffee shops and fast food chains.

More than half of the drinks tested exceeded the recommended daily allowance for an adult of 30g.

The drink found to have the highest sugar content was Starbucks' venti Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Hot Mulled Fruit, at 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

This is more than three times the maximum adult daily intake of free sugars (any sugar that is added to foods by the manufacturer, plus that naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices).

Costa's massimo eat-in Chai Latte was found to contain 20 teaspoons of sugar, while Starbucks' venti White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream was found to have 18.

KFC's mocha and Starbucks' Signature Hot Chocolate both had 15 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Caffe Nero's drink-in Caramelatte had 13.

Professor Graham MacGregor, chair of Action on Sugar, said: "This is yet again another example of scandalous amount of sugar added to our food and drink. No wonder we have the highest rates of obesity in Europe.

"David Cameron now has all the evidence to make the UK the first country in the world to stop the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic."

Action on Sugar researcher Kawther Hashem added: "Coffee shop chains must immediately reduce the amount of sugar in these hot drinks, improve their labelling and stop selling the extra-large serving sizes.

"These hot flavoured drinks should be an occasional treat, not an 'everyday' drink. They are laden with an unbelievable amount of sugar and calories and are often accompanied by a high sugar and fat snack. It is not surprising that we have the highest rate of obesity in Europe. Our advice to consumers is to have a plain hot drink or ask for your drink to contain a minimal amount of syrup, preferably sugar free, in the smallest serving size available."

A Starbucks spokeswoman said: "Earlier this year we committed to reduce added sugar in our indulgent drinks by 25% by the end of 2020. We also offer a wide variety of lighter options, sugar-free syrups and sugar-free natural sweetener and we display all nutritional information in-store and online."

Kerry Parkin, head of communications at Costa, added: "Costa takes the nutritional balance of our food and drink very seriously and we have already taken significant steps to reduce the sugar content of our ranges. We intend to continue improving the balance of our product offerings while maintaining the high quality and great taste our customers expect. This April we will be setting salt and sugar reduction targets for 2020."

 

The drinks with the highest sugar content

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Venti

99g of sugar per serving

25 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit - Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Venti

88g of sugar per serving

22 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Chai latte Massimo - Eat In

79.7g of sugar per serving

20 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chair, Orange and Cinnamon Grande

76.0g of sugar per serving

19 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Venti

73.8g of sugar per serving

18 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit - Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Grande

69.0g of sugar per serving

17 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Venti

60.0g of sugar per serving

15 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Grande

59.1g of sugar per serving

15 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

KFC Mocha

58.8g of sugar per serving

15 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Massimo - Eat Out

57.5 of sugar per serving

14 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Massimo - Eat In

56.3 of sugar per serving

14 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

KFC Hot Chocolate with cream

54.3 of sugar per serving

14 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Massimo - Eat Out

54.0 of sugar per serving

14 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Massimo - Eat In

53.1 of sugar per serving

13 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Mocha Massimo - Eat Out

52.6 of sugar per serving

13 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Chai Tea Latte Venti

52.0 of sugar per serving

13 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Tall

52.0 of sugar per serving

13 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Mocha Massimo - Eat In

51.7 of sugar per serving

13 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Caffe Nero Caramelatte - Drink In

50.6 of sugar per serving

13 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Costa Coffee Chai Latte Medio - Eat In

49.3 of sugar per serving

12 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Grande

47.4 of sugar per serving

12 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit - Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Tall

47.0 of sugar per serving

12 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

Eat Matcha Latte Big

45.2 of sugar per serving

11 teaspoons of sugar per serving

 

The full list is available here.

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