Autumnal drinks contain more than the daily recommended amount of sugar

Hot drinks containing lots of sugarMore than half of the top 10 sweetest seasonal hot drinks contain more sugar than a 330ml of coke.

That’s according to new research from Embryo Digital after it took a closer look at autumnal drinks menus.

Focusing on Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero, Pret a Manger and Greggs, it listed the most sugary drinks on the high street:

  1. Pumpkin Spiced Latte with semi-skimmed milk or soya milk from Starbucks – 50g of sugar
  2. Signature Hazelnut Hot Chocolate with semi-skimmed milk from Starbucks – 45.1g of sugar
  3. Rice-Coconut Hot Chocolate from Pret a Manger – 40.4g of sugar
  4. Caramelatte with semi-skimmed milk from Caffe Nero – 39.9g of sugar
  5. White Chocolate Mocha with coconut milk from Starbucks – 34.7g of sugar
  6. Honeycomb Cappuccino with semi-skimmed milk from Costa Coffee – 34.5g
  7. Chocolate Milano with semi skimmed milk from Caffe Nero – 33.2g of sugar
  8. Honeycomb Latte Macchiato with oat milk from Costa Coffee – 32.1g of sugar
  9. Vanilla Oat Latte from Starbucks – 31.4g of sugar
  10. Mocha with semi-skimmed milk from Greggs – 30g of sugar.

‘These seasonal drinks can have a huge impact on teeth and general oral health, increasing the risk of decay and also erosion exponentially,’ Dr Alex Carruthers from Dental Excellence says.

‘We therefore recommend Britons be mindful of the amount of these hot drinks they consume. This could impact the condition of your teeth.’

Sugar consumption

The NHS recommends adults’ maximum daily intake of sugar is 30g, roughly equating to seven sugar cubes.

Recent campaigns from the government aim at encouraging people to cut down on their daily sugar consumption.

It also highlights ‘free sugars’, found in foods such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and some drinks, as the sugars we should cut down on.

‘Overeating too much sugar can have a hugely damaging effect on your health,’ GP and medical adviser at Prescription Doctor, Dr Aragona Gisueppe says.

‘From consuming too many calories causing weight gain, obesity and health problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

‘A varied and balanced diet is the best way to manage any health complications. And to lower your chances of developing diabetes or other health conditions.

‘Britons should aim to get their calorie intake from a range of foods. Such as fruit, vegetables, protein and only eat high in free sugars occasionally – or not at all if possible.’

Sugar tax

Following the success of the sugar tax, Action on Sugar is calling for more drinks to fall under the levy.

Earlier this year, it found pre-mixed alcoholic drinks sold in supermarkets contain up to nine teaspoons of sugar in 250ml.

The sugar specialists highlight a double hit to consumer’s health, coming from both the sugar and the alcohol.

‘”Gin in a tin” has become a cultural phenomenon,’ Katherine Jenner, Action on Sugar’s campaign director, said.

‘Consumers drink these “on the go” without a moment’s consideration to how much sugar and alcohol goes into making them.

‘Even if you did want to know, you can’t make a healthy choice.

‘Only one in 10 of the products surveyed had enough information available.

‘If consumers knew how much sugar was really in these alcoholic drinks, would they still happily choose to drink their way to tooth decay, obesity and Type 2 diabetes?’


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