Everybody loves to indulge over Christmas which often includes festive drinks, from Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate's to Gingerbread Latte's. However, a recent report has revealed the dark side of these sweet drinks.
The organisation 'Action on Sugar' have reported that some of our indulgences contain a huge 23 spoonfuls of sugar in just one cup!
This report was based on both the sugar and calorie content of the hot drinks made by popular chains throughout the world, consisting of both milk and non-milk alternatives. Overall, Starbucks are reportedly are worst offender which totalled at 23 grams was their Signature Caramel Hot Chocolate with whipped cream using oat milk.
Holly Gabriel, a registered nutrionist at Action on Sugar stated: "It is shocking that so many high street coffee chains are wilfully putting their customers health at risk despite sugar reduction targets for sugary milk drinks being set in 2018"...
"Coffee shops and cafes need to take much greater steps to reduce the levels of sugar and portion sizes, promote lower sugar alternatives and stop putting indulgent extras at the till."
On the other side of the spectrum, many have argued that responsibility lies with the customers themselves. A spokesperson for Starbucks argued "Since 2015 we've delivered a 9% reduction in the sugar content of our gingerbread and core syrup range."
Should chains be responsible or should customers be the driving force behind cutting sugar consumption?