You might think twice after reading the sugar content...
So shop-bought hot drinks aren’t the only thing we need to be cautious of…
This is probably more our own fault than anyone else’s, but we’ve just gotten round to reading the sugar content on prepacked protein bars – and we are not impressed. Behold, a list of the soaring sugars in your ‘healthy’ snack bars:
Trek Protein Cocoa Chaos Bar – 22.8g
Clif Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch Bar – 21g
Eat Natural Chocolate Chunks, Peanuts and Seeds – 18.3g
Nakd Chocolate Cocoa Crunch – 12.9g
Shocked? Us too. It’s not all bad, though – most of the sugars are natural rather than refined, so they’re nowhere near as bad as your regular choccy bar. Phewww!
19/2/16: We all know about the high sugar content in fizzy drinks, but have you ever considered how much of the sweet stuff might be lurking in your hot drinks?
A report from campaign group, Action On Sugar has revealed the “shocking” amount of sugar in some of your favourite high street hot drinks.
Action on Sugar analysed 131 hot drinks from a range of popular cafes and they found that a third on offer contained at least as much sugar as a can Coca-Cola – a whopping nine teaspoons.
Some of the worst offending beverages contained as much as 20 teaspoons of sugar!
So what kind of drinks are we talking about?
Starbucks’ fruit tea was the most sugar-laden according to their findings. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘fruit’ in the title, this drink contains 99g of sugar – that’s 25 teaspoons!
Are you a fan of a chai latte? You’ll be disappointed to hear that Costa’s chai offering has 79.7g of suagr, a.k.a 20 teaspoons. No wonder the tasty so good…
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Or, are you more of a coffee kinda gal? While your safe drinking an Americano (no sugar there), as soon as you jazz up your morning brew you are seriously upping the sugar levels. Caffe Nerro’s caramel latte contains 13 teaspoons, and KFC’s mocha has15 teaspoons.
Hot drinks from other chains including Pret, Eat, Greggs and McDonalds we’re also proven to be just as stuffed with sugar.
Kawther Hashem from Action On Sugar stated that these sugary drinks were fuelling the obesity epidemic and something needed to be done.
Hashem called for better labelling on hot drinks, and encouraged people to view these flavoured drinks as “an occasional treat, not an everyday drink”. Sad times…
If you want to reduce your sugar levels it appears you need to cut back on the Starbucks runs…
By Elizabeth Bennett