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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
    Correct
    Incorrect
    59g
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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)?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Twitter: @xoamiewhite
    Correct
    Incorrect
    30g
    Correct
    Incorrect
    50g

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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