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Do You Really Know How Much Sugar You're Drinking?

Spoiler alert: It is quite a lot.

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A charity has condemned what they call the "dangerously high" sugar content in many high street hot drinks. So do you really know how much sugar you're drinking?

All of the values below are for "medium" or "regular" size drinks (e.g. a "grande" in Starbucks, a "medio" in Costa), but the actual sizes of the drinks may vary.

For reference, a 330ml can of Coke contains 35g sugar. The guideline daily amount of sugar in a woman's diet is 90g – but only 30g of that should come from added sugars.

  1. 1. First up, Starbucks: How much sugar is in their White Chocolate Mocha (with Whipped Cream)?

    starbucks.co.uk
    59g
    79g
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Roughly twice the advised limit of added sugar women should consume in a day.

  2. 2. What about their Signature Hot Chocolate (with Whipped Cream)?

    47g
    67g
  3. 3. And their Hot Mulled Fruit, Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon?

    59g
    79g
  4. 4. Next up, Costa. How much sugar is in their Caramel Fudge Hot Chocolate?

    Twitter: @costacoffee
    74g
    94g
  5. 5. And how much sugar is in their Chai Latte?

    49g
    69g
  6. 6. And Costa's Mocha Latte?

    38g
    58g
  7. 7. Next up, KFC. How much sugar is in their Cafe Mocha?

    kfc.co.uk
    35g
    45g
  8. 8. How much sugar is in Caffe Nero's Caramelatte?

    31g
    51g
  9. 9. What about Eat's Matcha Latte?

    Eat only do "small" and "big" hot drinks, so this is for the larger one.

    19g
    39g
  10. 10. And finally... Pret's Hot Chocolate?

    Twitter: @xoamiewhite
    30g
    50g

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These drinks had some of the highest amounts of sugar of all the drinks Action on Sugar surveyed, so not all high street coffees you buy will be quite this sugary.

For example, a standard Pret latte contains 11g of sugar

It's when flavoured syrups and chocolate get involved that the sugar count really goes up. But even with fancy coffees, opting for a smaller size will often give you the same sweet creamy hit without quite so much sugar, if that's what you want.

To find the sugar content in your favourite drink, check out the nutritional information on each company's website: Starbucks, Costa, KFC, Caffe Nero, Eat, and Pret.

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