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Caffe Nero: Festive treat with 20 teaspoons of sugar

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Treats from Caffe Nero have been found to contain worryingly high levels of sugar. Pret, Costa Coffee and Starbucks also serve up drinks with high levels. The NHS recommends a daily limit of seven teaspoons, or 30g, for anyone over 11. But our research shows many seasonal specials contain almost three times the daily limit.

The worst offender was Caffe Nero's Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate.

A grande serving had 19.6 teaspoons of sugar, the equivalent of 82.4g.

Second worst was the chain's grande Winter Spiced Hot Chocolate, with 17.7 teaspoons (74.3g).

At Pret, the Mint Hot Chocolate and Orange Hot Chocolate both have more than 13 teaspoons of sugar (50g).

At Starbucks, a tall semi-skimmed Salted Caramel Brownie Hot Chocolate has nine teaspoons (38.3g). This increases to almost 12 in a grande.

A tall Christmas Brulee Latte has nine teaspoons, rising to 11 as a grande.

At Costa Coffee, a medium Gingerbread & Cream Latte Hot Chocolate with skimmed milk contains seven teaspoons.

Last week, Action on Sugar revealed some "freakshakes" - a mix of drink, dessert and toppings - have 39 teaspoons of sugar.

The group urged the Government to introduce mandatory "traffic light" colour-coded nutritional labelling across all menus and to ban the sale of high-calorie milkshakes.

The British Dental Association said: "These global coffee chains should be weaning us off sugar instead of developing drinks that far exceed the maximum daily dose."

Caffe Nero declined to comment.

Pret said: "Our Christmas hot drinks are intended to be enjoyed as an occasional treat. Customers can request them without cream."

A Starbucks spokesman said its seasonal range offered lighter options and "more indulgent treats".

Costa Coffee said: "We're committed to providing customers with an informed, balanced choice."


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