Prospects are ordering hot drinks with non-dairy milk, comparable to oat or almond milk, are unknowingly consuming extreme sugar, in keeping with new analysis. Action on Sugar, a charity primarily based at Queen Mary University London, says the notion that vegan choices are healthier, and the shortage of labeling on merchandise, means individuals are consuming more sugar than they’re conscious of.
The charity analyzed sugar and calorie content material of the biggest out their size of 124 sizzling sweets and 79 seasonal lattes from excessive avenue espresso chains throughout the UK. It used data from the web sites of Caffe Nero, Starbucks, Costa, KFC, Greggs, McDonald’s, EAT, Leon and Pret, information for each cow’s milk drinks, and alternate milk options.
It discovered sure seasonal drinks include nearly as a lot of sugar as three cans of Coca-Cola, with almost all of the largest out their dimension merchandise receiving red visitors light for total sugars. The examine discovered Starbucks’ venti-measurement Signature Caramel Scorching Chocolate with whipped cream, utilizing oat milk, had the best sugar content material of the new candies surveyed.
It contained greater than 23 teaspoons, or 93.7g, of sugar and 758 calories – equal to four white chocolate and strawberry muffins from Tesco. The seasonal latte with probably the most sugar is the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte with oat milk in venti measurement, containing greater than 14 teaspoons of sugar and 523 calories.
A venti Starbucks latte with oat milk had greater than seven teaspoons of sugar and 350 calories; however, a venti Starbucks latte with almond milk contained simply three teaspoons and 121 calories. Practically a 3rd (27%) of merchandise instantly comparable with the same examine in 2016 had elevated their sugar content material.
A daily vanilla latte from KFC had 19g of sugar in 2016; however, now incorporates 26g, although a mocha from the outlet has lowered from 45.1g of sugar to 21g over the identical interval. Costa has decreased the sugar content material of some merchandise by greater than 50% since 2016. Registered nutritionist Holly Gabriel, of Action on Sugar, mentioned: “It’s stunning that so many excessive road coffee chains are wilfully placing their clients’ well being in danger regardless of Public Health England (PHE) setting sugar discount targets for sugary milk drinks in 2018.