Christmas drinks at coffee shops can contain up to 63 grams of sugar.


The sugar content of some coffee chain Christmas drinks can reach 63 grams.

Coffee shops are selling holiday drinks with nearly EIGHT McDonald’s doughnuts worth of sugar in a single cup.

Each 473ml serving of Caffe Nero’s mint choc chip hot chocolate contains a whopping 63g of sugar and 414 calories.

That’s the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar and more than seven McDonald’s doughnuts (each containing around 8g).

It’s more than DOUBLE the recommended daily sugar allowance for UK adults, who should consume no more than 30g of sugar per day, and children aged seven to ten should consume no more than 24g.

“We should see these like a pudding because of the amount of sugar and calories in them,” Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell said.

They’re a once-in-a-while treat, not something you consume on a regular basis.”

Costa, the UK’s largest coffee chain, started selling holiday drinks in its 2,422 locations last week.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange winter warmer has 45g of sugar and 379 calories per 340ml medium cup, which is the equivalent of 10.7 teaspoons of sugar.

The Purple One, a Quality Street-themed hot chocolate, has 36g of chocolate.

Costa’s baristas go above and beyond by including a free chocolate with each drink.

Many of this year’s festive hot drinks contain more sugar in a single cup than the NHS’s total daily recommended allowance, according to our investigation.

Pret A Manger’s 360ml hot chocolate has 35g of sugar and 256 calories, while Greggs’ large mint hot chocolate has 43g of sugar and 350 calories per 479ml cup — equivalent to 10.3 teaspoons of sugar.

Starbucks claims to have reduced the sugar content of its Christmas classics, the toffee nut latte and the eggnog latte, both of which contain 32 grams of sugar, but it continues to sell festive drinks with even more sugar.

The 354ml fudge brownie hot chocolate contains 41g of sugar and 364 calories.

Tam Fry, the chair of the National Obesity Forum, warned last night that the drinks served across the UK were “quite ­irresponsible.”


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