British research group, Action for Sugar, says some hot drinks have more than three times the amount of sugar as a Coke.
If your clothes are little more snug than you would like, ask yourself this: How many hot drinks do you consume each week? Your favorite hot drink for Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds and the like may have three times the amount of sugar than is the recommended daily allowance according to the American Heart Association.
Action for Sugar analyzed 131 hot drinks in the UK (and had their findings supported by CNN for American nutritional standards) and found, “that 98% of the tested beverages would get slapped with a “red” label for excessive amounts of sugar, with 35% of them boasting at least the same amount of sugar as a can of Coke (9 teaspoons).”
Some of the staggering numbers they found include:
- Starbucks’ vanilla latte and caramel macchiato have more than eight teaspoons of sugar
- Dunkin’ Donuts vanilla chai has over 11 teaspoons of sugar
- A large mocha from McDonald’s also has 11 teaspoons.
- Starbucks’ hot mulled fruit grape drink with orange, chai, and cinnamon— 25-teaspoons of sugar
- Starbucks’ new Smoked Butterscotch Latte has over 10 teaspoons of sugar
Starbucks said it has committed to reducing added sugar in what it calls its “indulgent drinks” by 25 percent by the end of 2020. However, there will still be a lot of sugar there.
So should you skip out on your favorite treat entirely? No. Action on Sugar’s Kawther Hashem recommends, “These hot flavored drinks should be an occasional treat, not an ‘everyday’ drink.”