The Reading / Listening - Sugar Overdose - Level 2

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



Action On Sugar went to nine different coffee shop chains. It said the unhealthiest drink was the Starbucks "Venti" caramel hot chocolate. It contained 93.7g of sugar and 758 calories. It has as much sugar as three cans of Coca-Cola. Starbucks said: "We are committed to reducing sugar in all our beverages." It has cut sugar content by 9 per cent since 2015. AOS said: "The hospitality industry has a key role to play in being transparent. It must help to reduce the amount of sugar we consume. Sugar 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 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A health group warned
  2. adding extra sugar
  3. in the run-up
  4. carried
  5. as much as 23 spoons
  6. shockingly high
  7. obesity, diabetes and
  8. check what
  1. to Christmas
  2. they are drinking
  3. levels of sugar
  4. and syrup
  5. other health problems
  6. out research
  7. people to be careful
  8. of sugar

Paragraph 2

  1. It contained 93.7g of sugar
  2. We are committed
  3. the hospitality
  4. a key
  5. reduce the amount of
  6. one of the biggest
  7. type 2
  8. tooth
  1. diabetes
  2. industry
  3. decay
  4. sugar we consume
  5. causes of obesity
  6. to reducing sugar
  7. role to play
  8. and 758 calories

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A health group warned people (1) ___________________ about the sugar (2) ___________________ coffee shops. Many cafes in the UK are adding extra sugar and syrup to drinks (3) ___________________ to Christmas. The health group, Action on Sugar (AOS), carried out research on sugar in hot drinks in coffee chains around the country. It found that some drinks had as much as 23 (4) ___________________. It checked over 200 different drinks. AOS said it found "shockingly" (5) ___________________ sugar in many drinks. An AOS spokesperson said people (6) ___________________ and other health problems should check what they are drinking.

Action On Sugar went (7) ___________________ coffee shop chains. It said the unhealthiest drink was the Starbucks "Venti" caramel hot chocolate. It contained 93.7g of sugar (8) ___________________. It has as much sugar (9) ___________________ of Coca-Cola. Starbucks said: "We are committed to reducing sugar in all our beverages." It has cut (10) ___________________ 9 per cent since 2015. AOS said: "The hospitality industry has a key role to play in being transparent. It must (11) ___________________ the amount of sugar we consume. Sugar is one of the biggest causes of obesity, type 2 diabetes (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Ahealthgroupwarnedpeopletobecarefulaboutthesugarindrinksincoff
eeshops.ManycafesintheUKareaddingextrasugarandsyruptodrinksi
ntherun-uptoChristmas.Thehealthgroup,ActiononSugar(AOS),carri
edoutresearchonsugarinhotdrinksincoffeechainsaroundthecountry.
Itfoundthatsomedrinkshadasmuchas23spoonsofsugar.Itcheckedov
er200differentdrinks.AOSsaiditfound"shockingly"highlevelsofsugar
inmanydrinks.AnAOSspokespersonsaidpeoplewithobesity,diabetes
andotherhealthproblemsshouldcheckwhattheyaredrinking.ActionO
nSugarwenttoninedifferentcoffeeshopchains.Itsaidtheunhealthiest
drinkwastheStarbucks"Venti"caramelhotchocolate.Itcontained93.7
gofsugarand758calories.IthasasmuchsugarasthreecansofCoca-Co
la.Starbuckssaid:"Wearecommittedtoreducingsugarinallourbevera
ges."Ithascutsugarcontentby9percentsince2015.AOS,said:"Thehos
pitalityindustryhasakeyroletoplayinbeingtransparent.Itmusthelptor
educetheamountofsugarweconsume.Sugarisoneofthebiggestcause
sofobesity,type2diabetesandtoothdecay."

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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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