3 December 2019

Action on Sugar have highlighted the shocking levels of sugar and calories in festive hot drinks.

The survey reveals that many high street coffee chains are failing to reduce the sugar in their festive milk and milk-alternative hot drinks despite the government’s sugar reduction programme, with some hot drinks actually increasing in sugar since 2016. One drink was found to contain 23 teaspoons of sugar, almost 3 times the adult daily allowance!

This illustrates the alarming lack of progress in achieving sugar reduction targets and emphasises the importance of extending the soft drinks industry levy to sugary milk and milk-alternative based drinks. There are a few cases where festive drinks are being made with less sugar, clearly demonstrating that lower sugar drinks can be made and enjoyed.


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