Starbucks has come under fire for the amount of sugar in some of its holiday drinks.
The drink with the highest sugar content is a large gingerbread coffee frappuccino with skim milk, which contains 68.7 grams of sugar.
This is quickly followed by the toffee nut frappuccino, also with skim milk, which contains 68.4 grams of the sweet stuff.
To put this in perspective, a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut contains 12.6 grams of sugar.
So one of these holiday frappuccinos contains as much sugar as almost six donuts.
The government recommends that adults consume no more than 30g per day.
Other highly sugary drinks on the holiday menu include the ventno eggnog latte (56.3g), large toffee crunchy frappuccino (54.3g), dulce de venti hot chocolate (53.8g), venti gingerbread latte (49.1g) and nut latte. venti toffee (48.4 gram).
Of course, these are the largest size drinks: Grande and Venti are the chain's largest sizes for hot and cold beverages, respectively.
And while you can choose skim milk to cut down on fat, it could actually put almost an extra gram of sugar in your drink, according to Starbucks Nutrition Facts.
They are not the only chain of cafes with especially sugary Christmas drinks. The frostino from the black forest of Costa Rica contains 67.7 g of sugar, its multimillionaire frostino contains 66.8 g and its medium chocolate mint comes with 48.2 grams.
Lucy Jones from the British Dietetic Association told The Sun: “Festive coffee drinks can seem like a harmless choice compared to mince pie. But regular consumption could have big implications for waistlines, teeth and chronic diseases. "
Simon Redfern, vice president of public affairs for Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa, told The Independent: “We have a festive drink for all tastes and occasions, and we have reduced the sugar in our recipes without compromising taste. There are easy ways to customize Starbucks drinks to cut sugar and calories.
“Ask for the whipped cream, drizzle, or toppings and choose a sugar-free syrup. All of our drinks are served with semi-skimmed milk, but you can also choose from dairy alternatives. "
Most high street coffee chains offer sugar-free syrups to add to coffee and hot chocolates, but instead contain artificial sweeteners.
You are unlikely to swallow six donuts in one sitting, so it might be worth keeping this in mind the next time you have your daily dose of coffee.
Of course, the occasional sugary drink isn't going to affect your health too drastically, but knowing how sugary some of the drinks are can make consumers think twice about how often they are delivered.
By Rachel Hosie
Original Article (in English)