You Won’t Believe How Much Sugar Is In Your Mid-Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

That’s how many teaspoons?

We’ve got bad news about the coffee run. Our innocent hot drink habit, which can seem less of a treat and more of a necessity in the British Winter, might be sabotaging your health. New research by Action on Sugar has revealed some frankly shocking statistics today.

Up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving have been found in some of our favourite hot flavoured beverages. Yep, you read that right. And it’s not just one or two offenders, 98% of the 131 flavoured hot drinks analysed would receive a ‘red’ high label for excessive sugar per serving.


Thirty per cent of the drinks contain the same amount or more sugar than Coca Cola, that’s nine teaspoons, also known as seven chocolate biscuits.

Here are the worst offenders:

Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit: 25 tsp per serving

Costa Chai Latte: 20 tsp per serving

Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Cream: 18 tsp per serving

Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate: 15 tsp per serving

KFC Mocha: 15 tsp per serving


Caffe Nero Caramelatte: 13 tsp per serving

Action on Sugar are calling for stricter regulation on sugar-sweetened drinks. Professor Graham MacGregor, Chair of Action on Sugar says, ‘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.’

High sugar consumption can have serious implications for your health, from obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as serious deiseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, some cancers and non-alcoholic liver disease. Kawther Hashem, registered nutritionist and researcher for Action on Sugar says, ‘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.’

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