Is Your Ccoffee Full of Sugar?
Is your coffee full of sugar?
Did you know that your morning cup of coffee could have up to 25 teaspoons of sugar? That’s a whopping dollop of sweetness, that will leave you with more health problems than just an energy crash later in the day.
New research in the UK by campaign group Action on Sugar lined up popular coffee concoctions from major chains including Starbucks, Costa Coffee, KFC, McDonald’s and others.
The results were alarming, to say the least. In fact, the group says 98 percent of hot flavoured drinks studied would receive a red (high) label for “excessive levels of sugar per serving.”
Here’s the rundown:
- Starbucks Venti White Chocolate Mocha: 18 teaspoons of sugar
- Dunkin’ Donuts vanilla chai: 11 teaspoons of sugar
- KFC mocha: 15 teaspoons of sugar
- McDonald’s large mocha: 11 teaspoons of sugar
- Costa Coffee chai latte massimo: 20 teaspoons of sugar
Some drinks have up to 25 teaspoons of sugar – three times that of a can of Coke!
Action on Sugar researcher Kawther Hashem said, "These hot flavored drinks should be an occasional treat, not an 'everyday' drink. They are laden with an unbelievable amount (of) sugar and calories and are often accompanied by a high sugar and fat snack."
What’s the big deal?
Sugar isn’t just making us obese. Having rapid fluctuations in your blood sugar levels (which happens when you have such a quick, high intake of sugar such as these coffees) can cause all kinds of long-term health problems including diabetes, fatty liver and pancreas, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, over-worked organs, and even a shorter life span.
All that from a daily cup of coffee...
So you might want to skip the sugary drinks next time you line up at a coffee chain (or local café). Stick to as plain a coffee as possible, and always ask for no sugar. You can flavour it yourself with a sugar alternative.
Your nutritionist or dietician can help you combat sugar cravings and adopt a healthier diet.
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