There are calls to ban the latest food to shock nutrition experts. The campaign group Action on Sugar wants a ban on freakshakes - "monstrous" milkshakes packed with "grotesque" levels of sugar. The shake could be banned from restaurants and cafes as it has up to 1,280 calories. An adult would have to jog for three hours to burn off these calories. Freakshakes are usually full of whipped cream, chocolate and even slices of cake. A freakshake can contain 39 teaspoons of sugar - more than six times the recommended daily amount for a 10-year-old, and the same as four cans of Coke.
Freakshakes originated in Australia and spread around the world. A restaurant mentioned by Action on Sugar said it took nutrition seriously and was adhering to a sugar-reduction programme. It said it was not targeting children with high-calorie shakes. A spokesperson said: "Freakshakes only feature on our main menu and are not targeted at children....We regularly work with our suppliers to explore ways we can reduce sugar levels in our dishes." A public health spokesman said the government needed to put a limit of 300kcal per serving on all shakes.