11th November 2019
The festive drinks with the same amount of sugar as 20 biscuits
It feels like Christmas isn't here until the themed hot drinks have arrived in Starbucks, Costa or Caffe Nero.
With sweets galore and merriment everywhere you look, most people don’t stop to think about their diet in December.
And a dentist has issued a warning about how much sugar is inside some of the nation's favourite Christmas drinks.
So what is really going on inside a lot of the UK’s favourite festive beverages?
These are the worst offenders.
1. Pret A Manger’s Mint Hot Chocolate
This is the seasonal drink with the highest amount of sugar this year. It contains a massive 50.2g of sugar when served in a standard 335g size cup – 20g more than the daily recommended allowance of 30g.
Even though this is the normal recipe consisting of organic chocolate powder, organic milk, mint syrup and whipped cream, it still racks up the sugar equivalent of two mars bars or 20 Mcvities digestive biscuits.
2. Costa Coffees’ Hazelnut Praline Hot Chocolate
Coming in at a close second was Costa Coffees’ Hazelnut Praline Hot Chocolate with cream, measuring 38.6 grams of sugar.
3. Starbucks Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
The red cups might be back at Starbucks, but they're bringing the sugar with them.
This toasted marshmallow hot chocolate is topped with marshmallow flavoured whipped cream. But, it comes at a price.
The drink contains 36.7g of sugar.
4. Starbucks Eggnog Latte
The Eggnog Latte is a festive favourite for many, but it contains a shocking 33.8g of sugar.
Café Nero is yet to release the nutritional information regarding their readily available 2019 festive menu, but in 2018 their Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate topped the list with a whopping 56g of sugar.
Dr Nyree Whitley, from the group ‘(my)dentist’, said: “We’re certainly not here to take the fun out of Christmas, but we’d urge consumers to be aware of how much sugar is in their morning coffee.
"Where possible it’s also advisable to say no to cream to further reduce the sugar content."
Some of her tips in choosing a festive drink include:
• Don’t go large – Choose the smallest option and make the ingredients more tooth friendly where possible
• Only indulge as a treat
• Follow with water - follow immediately with water and swish around the mouth to remove any traces from your teeth
Source: Bristol Post
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