With Christmas FM back on the radio and the Coca-Cola ad returned to TV, the festive season is officially under way.
But while many dread this time of year for the effects it can have on one’s waistline, an abundance of chocolate, pudding and wine may well be the least of our worries.
As part of a growing annual tradition, major coffee chains like Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero have updated their menus to include a range of delicious but sugar laden holiday beverages.
In nutritional terms, the most offensive of these drinks contains almost 300 calories and over 50g of sugar – that’s 15 percent of the average woman’s daily calorie allowance and twice her recommended intake of the sweet stuff.
Here’s what to look out for in Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero this Christmas:
Fudge Hot Chocolate (tall): 287kcal, 31.1g sugar, 11.9g fat.
Toffee Nut Latte (tall): 268kcal, 30g sugar, 11.1g fat.
Eggnog Latte (tall): 248kcal, 32.1g sugar, 10.7g fat.
Gingerbread Latte (tall): 265kcal, 29.3g sugar, 10.7g fat.
Tiramisu Hot Chocolate (regular): 291kcal, 50.9g sugar, 5.1g fat.
Tiramisu Latte (regular): 143kcal, 22.4g sugar, 2.8g fat.
Mint Hot Chocolate (primo): 273kcal, 31g sugar, 10.2g fat.
Black Forest Hot Chocolate (primo): 247kcal, 25.3g sugar, 25.3g fat.
Orange Hot Chocolate (primo): 241kcal, 25.3g sugar, 10g fat.
Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate (primo): 224kcal, 19.9g sugar, 10g fat.
Honeycomb Latte (primo): 217kcal, 23.4g sugar, 9.9g fat.
Gingerbread Latte (primo): 169kcal, 11.6g sugar, 9.3g fat.
Lindt Hot Chocolate (one size): 163kcal, 16g sugar, 6.3g fat.
Amaretti Latte (primo): 160kcal, 12.1g sugar, 8.9g fat.
Salted Caramel Cappuccino (primo): 64kcal, 8.8g sugar, 0.8g fat.