Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte sugar content is highest on the hot drinks list

Torri Donley

There’s nothing nicer than grabbing a hot drink on the go, especially when the temperatures start to dip and those famous red cups return for winter. But whilst we all reach for the comfort of tasty hot drink, you might be surprised to know just how much sugar is lurking […]

There’s nothing nicer than grabbing a hot drink on the go, especially when the temperatures start to dip and those famous red cups return for winter.

But whilst we all reach for the comfort of tasty hot drink, you might be surprised to know just how much sugar is lurking in your favourite High-street beverages, and that’s before you add any extra sugar yourself!

Embryo Digital has worked with health, nutrition and fitness experts to overlook the autumnal drink menus at Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero, Pret a Manger and Greggs. Specifically looking at the nutritional value of a regular-sized serving, using semi-skimmed and non-dairy milk at each coffee shop.

They’ve compiled a list of the ten sweetest offerings. And, alarmingly, over half of the top 10 most sugary drinks contain more sugar than a 330ml can of ‘full fat’ coke. 

The most sugary hot drinks available on the high-street

  1. Pumpkin Spiced Latte with semi-skimmed milk or soya milk from Starbucks –  50g of sugar
  2. Signature Hazelnut Hot Chocolate with semi-skimmed milk from Starbucks – 45.1g of sugar
  3. Rice-Coconut Hot Chocolate from Pret a Manger – 40.4g of sugar
  4. Caramelatte with semi-skimmed milk  from Caffe Nero – 39.9g of sugar
  5. White Chocolate Mocha with coconut milk from Starbucks – 34.7g of sugar
  6. Honeycomb Cappuccino with semi-skimmed milk from Costa Coffee – 34.5g
  7. Chocolate Milano with semi skimmed milk from Caffe Nero – 33.2g of sugar
  8. Honeycomb Latte Macchiato with oat milk from Costa Coffee – 32.1g of sugar
  9. Vanilla Oat Latte from Starbucks – 31.4g of sugar
  10. Mocha with semi-skimmed milk from Greggs – 30g of sugar

Commenting on the findings, Dr Alex Carruthers from Dental Excellence said : “These seasonal drinks can have a huge impact on teeth and general oral health increasing the risk of decay and erosion exponentially. We recommend Britons to be mindful of the amount of these hot drinks they consume as this could impact the condition of your teeth. We advise people across the country to follow your dentist’s advice of good oral hygiene on a daily basis.”

GP and Medical Adviser at Prescription Doctor, Dr Aragona Gisueppe added how these levels of sugar in drinks can cause Type 2 diabetes.

“Overeating too much sugar can have a hugely damaging effect on your health from consuming too many calories which causes weight gain, obesity and health problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.”

“A varied and balanced diet is the best way to manage any health complications and lower your chances of developing diabetes or other health conditions. Britons should aim to get their calorie intake from a range of foods such as fruit, vegetables, protein and only eat high in free sugars occasionally or not at all if possible.”

How much sugar can we consume 

  1. Adults should have no more than 30g (around 7 teaspoons) of free sugars – sugars added to food or drinks – per day
  2. Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g (6 teaspoons) per day
  3. Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19g (5 teaspoons) per day

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