The Christmas beverages with the most sugar

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Dentistry UK has released the list of top 10 Christmas drinks with the largest quantity of sugar in them.

Coffee shops around the UK are bringing out their festive drink's menus for the winter period, however these often have high levels of sugar in them. Kent Express Dental Supplies has evaluated the products with the largest amount of sugar.

“The Christmas beverage with the worst results was the Mint Choc Chip Hot Chocolate from Caffè Nero.“

The Christmas beverage with the worst results was the Mint Choc Chip Hot Chocolate from Caffè Nero. This has over 63 grams of sugar- more than 3 grams more than second place. The NHS UK advises a maximum daily amount of 30 grams which is less than half of what is contained in the seasonal drink.

Costa came out as the least offensive with their Gingerbread Latte and Cream having the least sugar of those evaluated for the study (14 grams).

The NHS has said that food or drink that has more than 22.5 grams of sugar per 100 grams (22.5%) is defined as a high sugar quantity. Of the 20 drinks that were tested during this study, 18 surpassed this.

The 10 worst offending beverages are:

Mint Choc Chip Hot Chocolate at Caffè Nero (63.5 grams)

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate at Caffè Nero (59.9 grams)

Fudge Brownie Hot Chocolate at Starbucks (51.4 grams)

Popcorn Bar Hot Chocolate at Pret (49.7 grams)

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate at Costa (44.5 grams)

Caramel Waffle Frappucino Starbucks (43.9 grams)

Gingerbread Frappucino at Starbucks (42.2 grams)

Eggnog Latte at Starbucks (41.4 grams)

Toffee Nut Frappucino at Starbucks (41 grams)

Quality Street Toffee Penny Latte at Costa (37 grams)

Half of the most sugary drinks are part of Starbuck's Christmas selection.

Campaign leader at Action on Sugar, Dr Kawther Hashem said “Sugar not only lacks nutritional benefits, but eating (or drinking) too much of it leads to weight gain and raises the risk of type 2 diabetes. Sugar is also, without doubt, a huge factor in tooth decay. It is therefore shocking that so many high-street coffee chains are still wilfully putting their customers’ health at risk. Despite the government’s sugar reduction targets for sugary milk drinks in 2018.”

“In our Festive Drinks Survey in December 2019, we found Caffè Nero’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (Grande), made with skimmed milk, contained nearly 15 teaspoons of sugar (59.6g) and also 503 calories. An average person would have to do 90 minutes on the cross trainer, for example, to work this energy off!”

Dental expert at Kent Express, Chris Moffatt, said that “Everyone looks forward to letting their hair down at Christmas, but it’s good to make informed choices about what we eat and drink. Around one in three adults in the UK have signs of tooth decay, which can lead to more serious health problems. Many dental practices close over the Christmas period, so it is hard to get a dental appointment.”

The research was conducted on behalf of Kent Express, the UK's leading mail order dental supplier.

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