Most of you have heard the news about Starbucks drinks containing so much sugar the word “excessive’ may seem an understatement. Many people who visit the coffee house on their work breaks, will now be rationalising just why they couldn’t shift any weight whatsoever – even when the only naughty indulgence was a caramel latte or hot chocolate. Well, now we know why.
According to a U.K based campaign group called Action on Sugar, 131 drinks in cafes and restaurants chains within the U.K were tested on their sugar content, and Starbucks came off worst. Surprisingly, the drink that topped the list is a Venti Grape Mulled Fruit with chai, cinnamon, and orange. It actually contained 99 grams of sugar. WTF!
But what about all of you who do not frequent Starbucks for a regular hit of a diabetes-type 2-invoking practically pure sugar ‘drink’ What if you go somewhere considered a little more well to do, such as Marks and Spencer? Surely they wouldn’t sell us a healthy drink that contains high sugar content? Perhaps their freshly served hot drinks are not damaging – but we popped in for a thirst quenching break during a busy shopping day, and decided to go for the ‘healthy’ option. We chose their nutritious fruit and Kale juice, only to discover it contained 26.25g (10.5 per 100ml) of sugar. Although this is nowhere near the incredulous volume the Starbucks chain has the audacity to serve up, it is still enough to require caution, given that the recommended daily allowance is between 50-70 grams.
So the general advice is clear – if you wish to retain all off your teeth, avoid type-2 diabetes, and keep healthy – avoid energy drinks, fizzy drinks, shop bought healthy juices, coffee shop hot beverages (other than tea). Scrap that, its easier to remember to double check the contents on the back of the drinks and if you are in a café there’s no harm in asking the waiter how much sugar content is in the beverage.