The Reading / Listening - Sugar Overdose - Level 1

A health group warned about the sugar in drinks in coffee shops. Many cafes are adding extra sugar and syrup to drinks before Christmas. Action on Sugar (AOS) carried out research on sugar in over 200 hot drinks in coffee chains. It found that some drinks had as much as 23 spoons of sugar. AOS said it found "shockingly" high levels of sugar in many drinks. It said people with obesity, diabetes and other health problems should check what they are drinking.



Action On Sugar went to nine different cafe chains. It said the unhealthiest drink was a Starbucks hot chocolate that had 93.7g of sugar and 758 calories. It has as much sugar as three cans of Coke. Starbucks said it is reducing sugar in all its drinks and has cut sugar content by 9 per cent since 2015. AOS said: "The hospitality industry...must help to reduce the amount of sugar, [which] is one of the biggest causes of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sugar Overdose - Level 0 Sugar Overdose - Level 2   or  Sugar Overdose - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50628962
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/high-street-coffee-chains-selling-festive-drinks-which-contain-up-to-23-spoonfuls-of-sugar-a4303391.html
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/christmas-hot-drinks-sugar-content_uk_5de62d91e4b0d50f32a85008


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A health group warned about
  2. Many cafes are adding
  3. carried out research
  4. as much as 23
  5. high levels
  6. people
  7. diabetes and other
  8. check what they
  1. health problems
  2. spoons of sugar
  3. are drinking
  4. with obesity
  5. the sugar
  6. on sugar
  7. of sugar
  8. extra sugar

Paragraph 2

  1. the unhealthiest
  2. 93.7g of sugar and
  3. reducing sugar in
  4. The hospitality
  5. reduce the amount
  6. one of the biggest
  7. type 2
  8. tooth
  1. causes
  2. industry
  3. diabetes
  4. drink
  5. decay
  6. all its drinks
  7. of sugar
  8. 758 calories

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A health group warned about the (1) ___________________ in coffee shops. Many cafes (2) ___________________ sugar and syrup to drinks before Christmas. Action on Sugar (AOS) carried (3) ___________________ sugar in over 200 hot drinks in coffee chains. It found that some drinks (4) ___________________ as 23 spoons of sugar. AOS said it found (5) ___________________ of sugar in many drinks. It said people with obesity, diabetes and other health problems (6) ___________________ they are drinking.

Action On Sugar went (7) ___________________ cafe chains. It said the unhealthiest drink was a Starbucks hot chocolate that had 93.7g of sugar (8) ___________________. It has as much sugar as three cans of Coke. Starbucks said (9) ___________________ sugar in all its drinks and has cut sugar content by 9 per cent since 2015. AOS said: "The (10) ___________________ help to reduce the (11) ___________________, [which] is one of the biggest causes of obesity, type 2 diabetes (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Ahealthgroupwarnedaboutthesugarindrinksincoffeeshops.Manycaf
esareaddingextrasugarandsyruptodrinksbeforeChristmas.Actionon
Sugar(AOS)carriedoutresearchonsugarinover200hotdrinksincoffee
chains.Itfoundthatsomedrinkshadasmuchas23spoonsofsugar.AOS
saiditfound"shockingly"highlevelsofsugarinmanydrinks.Itsaidpeopl
ewithobesity,diabetesandotherhealthproblemsshouldcheckwhatthe
yaredrinking.ActionOnSugarwenttoninedifferentcafechains.Itsaidt
heunhealthiestdrinkwasaStarbuckshotchocolatethathad93.7gofsug
arand758calories.IthasasmuchsugarasthreecansofCoke.Starbucks
saiditisreducingsugarinallitsdrinksandhascutsugarcontentby9perce
ntsince2015.AOS,said:"Thehospitalityindustry...musthelptoreduce
theamountofsugar,[which]isoneofthebiggestcausesofobesity,type2
diabetesandtoothdecay."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You