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Sugar overdose warning for coffee chain festive drinks






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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."

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