Some Starbucks drinks could be way over recommended sugar amounts

FILE- In this July 16, 2015, file photo, a woman walks out of a Starbucks Coffee with a beverage in hand in New York. Starbucks and Panera are each hyping reformulated versions of their pumpkin spice lattes in a fight to win over fans of the drink in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday, Aug. 17, its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin, and without caramel coloring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Think coffee is a healthier alternative to soda? Think again–your favorite Starbucks drink could have way more than the recommended daily amount of sugar.

UK-based research group Action on Sugar released a study on Wednesday listing the most sugary drinks found at certain coffee retailers.

CNN Money reports two popular choices for U.S. customers — vanilla latte and caramel macchiato — contain more than eight teaspoons of sugar each. A venti white chocolate mocha has 18 tablespoons of sugar inside.

Some of the listed items in the study are not commonly found in the U.S., such as the Hot Mulled Fruit drinks–which contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar.

For comparison, a can of Coca-Cola has nine teaspoons of sugar.

Starbucks said it is taking action.

“Earlier this year we committed to reduce added sugar in our indulgent drinks by 25 per cent by the end of 2020,” a Starbucks spokesperson said to CNBC. “We also 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.”

The World Health Organization has recently suggested cutting the recommended sugar intake for adults in half, to about 25 grams (about 6 teaspoons) of sugar for a normal weight adult a day. The federal government recommends that sugar should make up less than 10 percent of a person’s daily calories. This means no more than 12 teaspoons a day for someone who consumes 2,000 calories.

The survey covered 131 hot drinks sold in U.K. retail district outlets.

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