High Street coffee chains are selling festive sizzling drinks which contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar, a examine has discovered.
The Action on Sugar group has printed a examine evaluating the sugar content material of round 200 Christmas sizzling drinks.
It discovered “excessive” ranges of sugar in lots of of the seasonal lattes and sizzling sweets that use milk substitutes reminiscent of oat milk which are rising in recognition.
In the examine of 9 excessive avenue chains the campaigners discovered some drinks contain the identical sugar content material as three cans of Coca Cola.
The largest sized signature caramel sizzling chocolate from Starbucks made with oat milk and whipped cream had the best sugar content material with 93.7g and 758 energy.
That is the equal of 23 teaspoons of sugar – or as a lot as 4 white chocolate and strawberry muffins.
The subsequent highest was Caffe Nero’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with skimmed milk which accommodates 15 teaspoons of sugar and 503 energy.
The Starbucks venti-sized Gingerbread Latte made with oat milk was highest of the seasonal coffees with 56.6g of sugar.
That equates to 14 teaspoons and 523 energy and is roughly equal to consuming 17 custard cream biscuits.
Action on Sugar, based mostly at Queen Mary University, warned some prospects are unknowingly shopping for sugary merchandise when selecting the “healthy” choice by choosing milk substitutes.
Katharine Jenner, Campaign Director at Action on Sugar stated: “The hospitality business has a key position to play in being clear to assist scale back the quantity of sugar we eat, which is one of the largest causes of weight problems, Type 2 Diabetes and tooth decay.
“Companies should enhance the circulation of wholesome choices purchased by at all times displaying clear vitamin info on the level of sale.”
In 2016 the federal government launched the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) the place fizzy drink makers paid a levy to HM Treasury.
Milk-based drinks have been exempt from the regulation however each Labour and Liberal Democrats have introduced plans to lengthen the present tax.
In May 2018 a authorities paper stated there was an purpose to scale back sugar content material in milk-based drinks by a fifth by the center of 2021.
A Starbucks spokeswoman stated: “We are committed to reducing sugar in all our beverages and since 2015 we’ve delivered a 9% reduction in the sugar content of our gingerbread and core syrup range of vanilla, caramel and hazelnut.”