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The Amount of Sugar In Your Favorite Coffee Drinks

I honestly couldn’t even believe the headline on CNN when I read it. How in the world could there be that much sugar in these drinks and how in the world did Starbucks get people to willingly drink something with 3 times the sugar of a can of Coke?!?!?

Here’s the video from CNN:

What the sugar industry doesn’t want you to know

Here are a couple of highlights from the article:

“That’s three times the amount of sugar in one can of coke, and more than three times the maximum adult daily intake recommended by the American Heart Association.

The report said that 98% of hot flavored drinks sold at major coffee chains in the U.K. have excessive levels of sugars per serving, with 35% containing nine or more teaspoons of sugar — the same amount as a can of Coca Cola.

The research focused on drinks sold in the U.K., but nutritional information published on the companies’ website show that sugar levels are similar in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

Recommended maximum daily intake of added sugar for an adult is 30g or around seven teaspoons.


“Two other popular Starbucks choices — vanilla latte and caramel macchiato — contain more than eight teaspoons of sugar each, according to the company’s U.S. website.”

“A medium Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) vanilla chai has over 11 teaspoons of sugar, while a hot macchiato includes 7 teaspoons. KFC’s mocha contains 15 teaspoons of sugar. A large mocha at McDonald’s (MCD) has 11 teaspoons, and a chai latte massimo at the British chain Costa Coffee includes 20 teaspoons.”

All of this boils down to one main thing: the coffee treat that we think isn’t so bad for us is actually way worse for our health than we thought. There are other healthier options out there if you want the coffee taste with actual health benefits. Click here to connect to the healthier alternative.

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Campaign group Action on Sugar surveyed 131 drinks from high street coffee shops for their sugar content




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****Source info: Flavored drinks served the likes of Starbucks (SBUX) can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving. (n.d.). Your Starbucks drink may have 25 spoons of sugar in it. Retrieved February 17, 2016, from

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