Shock! Turns out some Starbucks drinks are sugary!
People all over the world, like to treat themselves with something sweet now and then. People will buy cupcakes and doughnuts for themselves, or decide that they want to glurp down a whole bottle of Lilt in one go.
Are they good for you? That's not the point of a treat.
And so, to Starbucks, which people like moaning about even though no-one is forcing them to go and buy their wares. Obviously, a number of their drinks are very sugary - they've got things with syrup in them and whipped cream all over the top and all that stuff.
Basically, some Starbucks drinks are like desserts, so it should be zero surprise to anyone with at least one functioning brain cell, that there's sugar in some Starbucks drinks. However, campaign group Action On Sugar, would still like to warn everyone, while they continue to take action on all the sugar in the world.
They have done analysis on 131 hot flavoured drinks and found that 98% of those tested would end up with a red nutritional value label for high sugar content, while a third of the hot drinks they tested had the same amount (or more) sugar than a can of Coke. You probably knew that though, and have probably drank some Coca-Cola as well, recently (probably with booze in it, knowing you lot).
Anyway, the group ran tests on flavoured coffees, hot fruit drinks, and hot chocolates, which are all clearly sweet. They weren't just testing Starbucks drinks - they went to other places, like Costa.
So what were the worst offenders? Well, the Costa Coffee Chai Latte Massimo contains 20 cubes of sugar, while Starbuck's Hot Mulled Fruit has 22 teaspoons of sugar (that comes in a pint-sized serving, for the record). There's a lot of sugar in Starbucks’ venti White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream too - can you believe that?! Yes. Of course you can. It is a drink made out of chocolate. Over at KFC, their mocha has 15 Teaspoons of sugar, but again, the fact that a chocolate based drink is sweet, is blindingly obvious.
Over to Professor Graham MacGregor, chair of Action on Sugar: "This is yet again another example of scandalous amount of sugar added to our food and drink. David Cameron now has all the evidence to make the UK the first country in the world to stop the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic."
Action on Sugar researcher Kawther Hashem added: "Coffee shop chains must immediately reduce the amount of sugar in these hot drinks, improve their labelling and stop selling the extra-large serving sizes. These hot flavoured drinks should be an occasional treat, not an “everyday” drink."
"They are laden with an unbelievable amount of sugar and calories and are often accompanied by a high sugar and fat snack. It is not surprising that we have the highest rate of obesity in Europe. Our advice to consumers is to have a plain hot drink or ask for your drink to contain a minimal amount of syrup, preferably sugar free, in the smallest serving size available."
A Starbucks spokesperson chipped in: "We offer a wide variety of lighter options, sugar-free syrups and sugar-free natural sweetener and we display all nutritional information in-store and online," adding that the company have already said that they're reducing sugar content and plan to have 25% less in their drinks by 2020. Same goes for Costa.
So anyway, just to make sure everyone's okay, we're just going to say that, the next time you have a drink that tastes really sugary, it is probably really sugary. Okay?
And now, we hand you over to our correspondents who like to tell everyone just how much they don't go in commercial coffee shops...