Coffee Chain Drinks Contain up to 25 Teaspoons of Sugar

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Some of the world’s major coffee shops and fast food chains are serving up “dangerously” high sugar content in hot drinks, according to a recent report from UK-based Action on Sugar.

This research found that 98% of the 131 hot flavored drinks analyzed would have excessive levels of sugar, which  includes sugars that are added to food and drink, as well as sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates. The study excludes, sugars in milk products and whole fruit & vegetables

Starbuck’s takes the crown for most sugary drink with its Venti-sized Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon – a mix of chai and fruit concentrate, topped with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange – which contains 25 teaspoons of sugar.

Some of the drinks are made with as much as 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving, which is equal to three cans of Coca Cola.

Coming in second was Britain’s Costa Coffee’s Chai Latte (large) contains 20 teaspoons of sugar.

Other “worst offenders” included the Starbucks Venti-sized White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream at 18 teaspoons of sugar per serving and the Starbucks Venti-sized  Signature Hot Chocolate with 15 teaspoons.

The ‘healthy’ drink culprits

Even drinks that are marketed as healthy choices contained a worrying amount of sugar said Action on Sugar.

A Venti-sized Starbucks Chai Tea Latte is brimming with 13 teaspoons of sugar per serving, while Eat’s Chai Latte (Big) and Matcha Latte (Big) both contain 11 teaspoons.

All of the drinks were surveyed in January and February 2016.


Check out the complete list of UK-based cafes

Coffee chain | Drink name | Size | Sugars (g) | Teaspoons of sugar

  1. Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Venti (99.0 – 25)
  2. Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Venti (88.0 – 22)
  3. Costa Coffee Chai Latte Massimo – Eat In (79.7 – 20)
  4. Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Grande (76.0 – 19)
  5. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Venti (73.8 – 18)
  6. Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Grande (69.0 – 17)
  7. Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Venti (60.0 – 15)
  8. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Grande (59.1 – 15)
  9. KFC Mocha (58.8 – 15)
  10. Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Massimo – Eat Out (57.5 – 14)
  11. Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Massimo – Eat In (56.3 – 14)
  12. KFC Hot Chocolate with cream (54.3 – 14)
  13. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Massimo – Eat Out (54.0 – 14)
  14. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Massimo – Eat In (53.1 – 13)
  15. Costa Coffee Mocha Massimo – Eat Out (52.6 – 13)
  16. Starbucks Chai Tea Latte Venti (52.0 – 13)
  17. Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Tall (52.0 – 13)
  18. Costa Coffee Mocha Massimo – Eat In (51.7 – 13)
  19. Caffe Nero Caramelatte – Drink In (50.6 – 13)
  20. Costa Coffee Chai Latte Medio – Eat In (49.3 – 12)
  21. Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Grande (47.4 – 12)
  22. Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Tall (47.0 – 12)
  23. Eat Matcha Latte Big (45.2 – 11)
  24. KFC Mocha (45.1 – 11)
  25. Greggs Mocha Large (45.0 – 11)
  26. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Tall (44.4 – 11)
  27. Starbucks Mocha with Whipped Cream Venti (43.2 – 11)
  28. McDonalds Mocha Large (43.0 – 11)
  29. Eat Chai Latte Big (42.8 – 11)
  30. Pret a Manger Orange Spiced Hot Chocolate (42.2 – 11)
  31. Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Venti (42.1 – 11)
  32. KFC Hot Chocolate with cream (42.0 – 11)
  33. Starbucks Classic Hot Chocolate Venti (41.8 – 10)
  34. Starbucks Chai Tea Latte Grande (41.5 – 10)
  35. Caffe Nero Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream – Drink In (41.0 – 10)
  36. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Whip Venti (39.2 – 10)
  37. McDonalds Mocha Medium (38.0 – 10)
  38. Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Medio – Eat In (37.7 – 9)
  39. Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Medio – Eat Out (37.7 – 9)
  40. Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Tall (36.4 – 9)
  41. McDonalds Hot Chocolate Large (36.0 – 9)
  42. Costa Coffee Gingerbread Latte Massimo – Eat Out (36.0 – 9)
  43. Caffe Nero Hot Chocolate Milano with Whipped Cream Drink in (35.7 – 9)
  44. Costa Coffee Cinnamon Latte Massimo -Eat Out (35.4 – 9)
  45. Costa Coffee Vanilla Latte Massimo -Eat Out (35.3 – 9)
  46. Costa Coffee Roasted Hazelnut Latte Massimo -Eat Out (35.0 – 9)
  47. Eat Matcha Latte Small (34.9 – 9)
  48. Costa Coffee Gingerbread Latte Massimo – Eat In (34.9 – 9)
  49. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Medio – Eat In (34.8 – 9)
  50. Costa Coffee Vanilla Latte Massimo -Eat In (34.8 – 9)
  51. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Medio – Eat Out (34.8 – 9)
  52. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Primo – Eat Out (34.8 – 9)
  53. Costa Coffee Caramel Latte Massimo -Eat Out (34.6 – 9)
  54. Costa Coffee Mocha Medio – Eat In (34.4 – 9)
  55. Costa Coffee Mocha Medio – Eat Out (34.4 – 9)
  56. Costa Coffee Cinnamon Latte Massimo -Eat In (34.2 – 9)
  57. Greggs Mocha Regular (34.0 – 9)
  58. Costa Coffee Roasted Hazelnut Latte Massimo -Eat In (33.9 – 8)
  59. Costa Coffee Caramel Latte Massimo -Eat In (33.5 – 8)
  60. Caffe Nero Chai Latte – Drink In (33.2 – 8)
  61. KFC Caramel Latte – Large (33.2 – 8)
  62. Eat Chai Latte Small (33.0 – 8)
  63. Greggs Hot Chocolate Large (33.0 – 8)
  64. Starbucks Mocha with Whipped Cream Grande (32.9 – 8)
  65. Starbucks Classic Hot Chocolate Grande (32.9 – 8)
  66. Eat Hot Chocolate Big (32.0 – 8)
  67. McDonalds Toffee Latte Large (32.0 – 8)
  68. Costa Coffee Chai Latte Primo – Eat In (31.9 – 8)
  69. Starbucks Chai Tea Latte Tall (31.3 – 8)
  70. Starbucks Caramel Macchiatto Grande (31.0 – 8)
  71. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Whip Grande (30.6 – 8)
  72. Pret a Manger Hot Chocolate (30.3 – 8)
  73. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Short (29.9 – 7)
  74. Eat Mocha Big (29.2 – 7)
  75. McDonalds Vanilla Latte Large (28.0 – 7)
  76. Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Primo – Eat Out (27.5 – 7)
  77. Caffe Nero Luxury Hot Chocolate – Drink In (27.3 – 7)
  78. McDonalds Hot Chocolate (27.0 – 7)
  79. KFC Caramel Latte (26.8 – 7)
  80. Costa Coffee Gingerbread Latte Medio -Eat In (26.6 – 7)
  81. Costa Coffee Gingerbread Latte Medio -Eat Out (26.6 – 7)
  82. Starbucks Mocha with Whipped Cream Tall (26.3 – 7)
  83. Costa Coffee Cinnamon Latte Medio -Eat In (26.1 – 7)
  84. Costa Coffee Cinnamon Latte Medio -Eat Out (26.1 – 7)
  85. Costa Coffee Vanilla Latte Medio -Eat In (26.1 – 7)
  86. Costa Coffee Vanilla Latte Medio -Eat Out (26.1 – 7)
  87. Costa Coffee Roasted Hazelnut Latte Medio -Eat In (25.9 – 6)
  88. Costa Coffee Roasted Hazelnut Latte Medio -Eat Out (25.9 – 6)
  89. Starbucks Classic Hot Chocolate Tall (25.8 – 6)
  90. Costa Coffee Caramel Latte Medio -Eat In (25.6 – 6)
  91. Costa Coffee Caramel Latte Medio -Eat Out (25.6 – 6)
  92. Starbucks Caramel Macchiatto Tall (25.5 – 6)
  93. KFC Vanilla Latte (25.4 – 6)
  94. Costa Coffee Mocha Latte Primo – Eat In (25.2 – 6)
  95. McDonalds Toffee Latte Medium (25.0 – 6)
  96. Greggs Hot Chocolate Regular (25.0 – 6)
  97. Eat Hot Chocolate Small (24.6 – 6)
  98. Caffe Nero White Chocolate Mocha – Drink In (24.5 – 6)
  99. Costa Coffee Mocha Primo – Eat Out (24.4 – 6)
  100. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Primo – Eat Out (24.3 – 6)
  101. Caffe Nero Mocha with Whipped Cream – Drink In (24.3 – 6)
  102. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Whip Tall (24.1 – 6)
  103. Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Short (23.9 – 6)
  104. Costa Coffee Mocha Primo – Eat In (23.0 – 6)
  105. Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate Primo – Eat In (22.6 – 6)
  106. Eat Mocha Small (22.1 – 6)
  107. Leon Mocha (22.0 – 6)
  108. Pret a Manger Love Bar Latte (21.8 – 5)
  109. Pret a Manger Orange Spiced Latte (21.4 – 5)
  110. McDonalds Vanilla Latte Medium (21.0 – 5)
  111. Starbucks Chai Tea Latte short (20.9 – 5)
  112. Pret a Manger Mocha (20.7 – 5)
  113. KFC Vanilla Latte (19.0 – 5)
  114. Costa Coffee Gingerbread Latte Primo -Eat Out (18.5 – 5)
  115. Costa Coffee Cinnamon Latte Primo -Eat Out (18.2 – 5)
  116. Costa Coffee Vanilla Latte Primo -Eat Out (18.2 – 5)
  117. Costa Coffee Roasted Hazelnut Latte Primo -Eat Out (18.0 – 5)
  118. Costa Coffee Caramel Latte Primo -Eat Out (17.8 – 4)
  119. Costa Coffee Gingerbread Latte Primo -Eat In (17.4 – 4)
  120. Leon Hot Chocolate (17.0 – 4)
  121. Costa Coffee Cinnamon Latte Primo -Eat In (17.0 – 4)
  122. Costa Coffee Vanilla Latte Primo -Eat In (17.0 – 4)
  123. Costa Coffee Roasted Hazelnut Latte Primo -Eat In (16.9 – 4)
  124. Starbucks Mocha with Whipped Cream Short (16.8 – 4)
  125. Starbucks Classic Hot Chocolate Short (16.8 – 4)
  126. Costa Coffee Caramel Latte Primo -Eat In (16.7 – 4)
  127. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Whip Short (15.6 – 4)
  128. Starbucks Caramel Macchiatto Short (14.7 – 4)
  129. Costa Coffee Chocolate Babycinno (12.9 – 3)
  130. Costa Coffee Mocha Cortado – Eat Out (12.1 – 3)
  131. Costa Coffee Mocha Cortado – Eat In (10.4 – 3)

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