They are working with the food industry to reduce the sugar content of foods in shops and are now looking at food eaten outside the home. Chief nutritionist Alison Teddistone said “Coffee shops have got a long way to go”
A muffin adds about 400 calories to an order. Just because it has a healthy sounding name it’s still part of the problem, she says, with all the little nudges to buy extras.
“Major coffee chains have committed publicly to reducing sugar and now it is time for all to raise their game. More action is needed to tackle obesity”.
PHE has set a target for cafés restaurants and coffee shops to reduce sugar in their everyday products by 20% by 2020. They are also concerned about takeaway deliveries who are doing a Facebook and saying they are “only connecting people”. The government is also keen for restaurants, cafés and take-aways to list calories on their menus.
The WHO has warned this week that the UK was the 5th out of 176 nations for cancer linked to obesity. That is truly a shocking statistic, especially for an advanced country like the UK.
PHE said people know smoking is linked to cancer but don’t realise obesity is also increasing the risk of cancer (and diabetes and stroke).
- Costa Coffee Blueberry muffin = 434 calories with 25.7 g of sugar
- Costa Coffee bonfire spiced hot chocolate whole milk = 311 calories with36.5 g of sugar
- Starbucks skinny blueberry muffin = 312 calories with 24 g of sugar
- Starbucks venti oat vanilla latte = 438 calories with 52.2 g of sugar
- Caffe Nero blueberry-filled muffin = 418 calories with 29.1 g of sugar
NHS advises only 30 g of sugar per day
This is all very well but perhaps if people exercised more then they could enjoy these treats in moderation.
And I’ve previously posted about Costa Coffee’s decision to impose semi-skimmed milk on customers without warning or having signs anywhere. They say it’s for health reasons yet still encourage people to have syrup, marshmallows and chocolate logs in their coffee. How hypocritical is that?