A survey by Action on Sugar revealed 98% of hot flavoured drinks have excessive sugar. 35% of these have more sugar than a can of coke. Top of the list is the Starbucks’s Hot Mulled Fruit which contains 25 teaspoons of sugar. Remember the maximum ADULT daily intake of free sugars is 7 teaspoons. “Free” sugar is any sugar that is added to foods by the manufacturer, plus those naturally present in syrups and fruit juices. This does not include sugar naturally present in, or whole fruit and vegetables.
The Financial Times recently found one in five of the population visits a coffee shop daily. We are clearly on the brink of a sugar epidemic. Not surprising that the United Kingdom has the highest rate of obesity in Europe.
We should be lobbying our local coffee shop to reduce the sugar in their drinks. Public health England recently launched an App (App no longer available) which will tell you the amount of sugar in common foods and drinks, hopefully they will add these drinks from the coffee shops to help us make informed decisions.
Remember, use sugary drinks as a treat not a daily ritual. It would be a good idea to see a dentist to make sure your teeth are ready for this sugar epidemic and more tips to help reduce its effects.