Sugar in hot drinks – level 3

18-08-2023 15:00

For many of us, the day does not properly begin until we have our morning coffee, but a recent analysis shows that what people often drink is not just milk with caffeine but worrying levels of sugar.

A researcher from the campaign Action on Sugar explained that as hot drinks are not usually associated with many calories and sugar, their frequent consumption may lead to tooth decay and weight gain.

For instance, a can of coke has an average of 9 teaspoons of sugar, but Caffe Nero’s Caramel Latte has 13 teaspoons of sugar, Costa’s Chai Latte has 20 teaspoons of sugar, and the worst offender was a Starbucks hot mulled fruit drink with 25 teaspoons of sugar, which is over 3 times the recommended daily intake.

Generally, the drinks with the highest levels of sugar were found to be flavoured coffee, such as mochas and lattes.

Difficult words: associate (connect, think of), consumption (drink or eat), decay (going bad), offender (something or somebody which does something wrong), intake (how much of something you take into your body).

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