High Avenue espresso giants are even packing their summer seasonal drinks with 5 KitKat sugar bars, research reveals.
A MailOnline audit can reveal that many chains are providing seasonal drinks that meet the NHS’s really useful daily sugar limit.
Campaigners have warned that the drinks, which are particularly common among the young and the young, will only add to Britain’s weight problem epidemic.
At its worst, Costa Coffee Blueberry Bubble Frappe Light Whip contains a staggering 49.3g of sugar – the same amount as 12 teaspoons of sugar.
NHS advice says the average adult should have no more than 30g or seven teaspoons of added sugar a day.
A MailOnline audit could reveal that many chains are providing seasonal drinks that meet the NHS’s really useful daily sugar limit.
Sugar, which is naturally present in milk, fruits and vegetables, does not depend on the direction of restriction.
Caffe Nero’s new Tropical Fro-Yo Frappe, served with semi-skimmed milk, contains 24.6g, or six teaspoons.
McDonald’s Strawberry and Cream Frappe contains about six extra teaspoons, while Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew contains 17.6g — about 4 and a half.
Zoe Davies, nutritionist at Action on Sugar, said: “Year on year we see the biggest coffee shop chains selling these drinks, many of which are high in sugar and calories.
These “seasonal” drinks aren’t a one-off deal – they’re bought year-round and closely marketed, but with completely different flavors.
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Blueberry Bubble Frappe Light Whip
(medium with semi-skimmed milk)
(small with semi-skimmed milk)
37 years old
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Tropical FroYo Frappe Cream
Strawberry and Cream Frappe
“With obesity costing the NHS around £6.5 billion a year and being the second leading cause of cancer, cafes need to do more and do more to reduce the amount of sugar in these drinks and be more transparent about the amount of sugar in their products. at the point of sale .
“Our advice to customers if they want to enjoy one of these drinks is to ask for less syrup and go for the smaller size.”
The results came as the Government announced that tens of thousands of NHS patients could be given a “groundbreaking” weight loss drug in a determined bid to tackle weight problems.
Almost one in three Britons are labeled as overweight, making the UK one of the worst-performing countries in Europe after Malta and Turkey.
About 5 million people are susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes.
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “If obesity is ever to be eradicated in the UK, the government needs to legislate or set limits on the amount of sugar per product.
“The producers of these drinks are irresponsible and deserve to be brought to book.”
Paul Evans, from the British Obesity Society and School Health UK, said: “You see adults and children drinking these drinks, which is inevitably contributing to rising obesity rates around the world.
“It’s wonderful that there is so little talk about the irresponsible sugar content of these drinks.”
A spokesperson for Costa Coffee said: “We know our customers love to visit us to enjoy their favorite foods every day or during the summer with friends and family.
“We are proud to offer a balanced range of drinks that also includes a range of fruit with refreshing drinks as part of our summer menu, all of which you can enjoy for under 40 calories.”
Starbucks stated: “We are committed to helping customers make informed and enhanced choices that work for them by offering a range of customization options, such as choosing our smallest size, Tall.
“Customers can find all available nutritional information on our mobile app, online and on our menu boards.”
Caffe Nero mentioned: “Tropical FroYo Frappe Crème is a treat and makes up just one percent of our summer drink lineup.”
McDonald’s did not respond to requests for comment.
WHO SHOULD A BALANCED DIET LOOK LIKE?
According to the NHS, the basis of a meal should be potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or a variety of starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains.
• Eat at least 5 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. All modern, frozen, dried and canned fruits and vegetables are addictive
• Main dishes based mainly on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or various starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains
• 30 grams of fiber per day: This is equal to all of the following: 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat muesli biscuits, 2 slices of thick whole-wheat bread and a large baked potato with pores and skin.
• Provide milk or milk products (equivalent to soy drinks) and choose products with lower fat and lower sugar content.
• Eat some beans, legumes, fish, eggs, meat and a variety of proteins (along with 2 portions of fish per week, each of which is fatty)
• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small portions
• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day
• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for girls or 30g for men per day.
Source: The NHS Eatwell Guide