Melis Zumrutel | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Are We Really Treating Ourselves With Christmas Drinks?

There's A Terrifying Amount Of Sugar In Your Christmas Drinks

The Debrief: Maybe put the red cup down for a bit...

Yes, we know, everything is bad for us these days – here’s the full list of everything that apparently gives you cancer to prove it.

And we all know that sugar is the worst of the worst of the worst, which is why the World Health Organisation recommends that you consume no more than 30g of sugar a day

Bad news for all you lovers of Christmas drinks, because they’re  basically 99% sugar and 1% hot steamed milk. A Costa hot chocolate, for example, is 661 calories and has 24 teaspoons of sugar. And that’s not even slightly the worst of it. Read on and maybe put that red cup down for now. 

1. Starbucks Grande Gingerbread Latte

‚Ä®Calories: 343 

Sugar: 38.9g 

Saturated fat: 7.9g 


2. Starbucks Grande Honey and Almond Hot Chocolate‚Ä®

Calories: 460

Sugar: 58.7g

Saturated fat: 9.0g 

3. McDonald’s Medium Toffee Latte

Calories: 193

Sugar: 25g 

Saturated fat: 3.9g 

4. Costa Medio Salted Caramel Cappuccino 

Calories: 241 

Sugar: 26.2g 

Saturated fat: 6.7g

5. Costa Medio Black Forrest Hot Chocolate 

Calories: 452 

Sugar: 48.7g 

Saturated fat: 13.3g

6. Pret A Manger Small Orange Spiced Latte 

Calories: 186

Sugar: 21.4g 

Saturated fat: 5.0g 

Sorry if we’ve ruined Christmas drinks for you. Personally, we’ll be saving our sugar intake for festive booze, but feel free to ignore what you’ve just read and go about your business as normal. You can always promise yourself you’ll do better in the new year. 

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Tags: Health, Christmas