High street coffee chains failing to reduce sugar in festive drinks, study finds

High street coffee chains are failing to reduce the sugar content in their festive hot drinks – with some increasing since 2016, according to a study.

Action on Sugar said those looking for an alternative to cow’s milk are unknowingly consuming excessive sugar due to a lack of labelling and the perception that vegan options are healthier.

The charity, based at Queen Mary University of London, analysed both the sugar and calorie content of the largest available sizes of 124 hot chocolates and 79 seasonal lattes made with milk and milk alternatives.

It found…
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