Starbucks’ pumpkin spice coffee contains so much sugar it ‘risks obesity and Covid’


A STARBUCKS’ Halloween-themed coffee with the equivalent of 17 teaspoons of sugar risks obesity and possibly Covid, says a nutritionist.

A large pumpkin spice frappuccino with oat milk contains 66.2 grams of sugar — double the recommended maximum daily allowance of 30g or seven teaspoons.

Starbucks’ new Halloween-themed coffee – pumpkin spice frappuccino – contains 66.2 grams of sugar

A large pumpkin spice latte with oat milk has 55.7g or 13 teaspoons. 

Action Sugar’s Holly Gabriel said: “Year on year we see drinks come to market with excessive levels of added sugar. 

“Coffee chains should act more responsibly when people with obesity are significantly more likely to become seriously ill with Covid.”

She added: “These seasonal products appeal to children and families and are a contributor to excessive free sugar consumption. 

“Unless companies start to take sugar reduction seriously we will continue to see high levels of children and adults living with obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, all of which are entirely preventable.

“It is also ludicrous that these drinks aren’t eligible for the soft drinks industry levy, which could be raising funds to pay for vitally needed children’s health services right now.”

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