I don’t really have a sweet tooth, I turn my nose up at puddings, don’t like chocolate, don’t tend to drink fizzy drinks. Still, despite this lack of poison, I don’t feel the need to write hysterical articles in the Guardian (I guess it could be some fun) about TWENTY FIVE TEASPOONS OF SUGAR IN A HOT DRINK.
The lovely people from Action on Sugar have a nice new report about HOW WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. Principally, from sugar consumption, and the way Big Sugar are going to do it is by putting it in a hot chocolate. The horror!
“Costa’s largest chai latte was found to contain 20 teaspoons of sugar, while an extra large Signature hot chocolate from Starbucks contained 15 teaspoons, double the daily adult maximum.” This is of course less sugar than in some of sugar tax campaigner Jamie Oliver’s recipes, some of which contained 28 teaspoons per serving, but “The campaign group named Starbucks’s Hot Mulled Fruit (grape with chai, orange and cinnamon venti) as the worst offender.” I think it sounds quite nice.
Action on Sugar want to scare the public into supporting a sugar tax, which will have the excellent policy results of;
1/Not working in reducing consumption (how do I have to go from this?) because people will get consume sugar elsewhere, because you know, it tastes nice.
2/Hitting the poor hardest. I don’t think not taxing the poor to pay for middle class hysterics is too outrageous
Ok wait, with an obesity crisis on the way, I will stop the shouting and agree that we need to consume less sugar. Like, less than we did in 1900 when we were all much poor, hungrier and many of us starving right? By the way, like with all doom mongers, the
predictive accuracy (I can actually leave it at accuracy) of these campaigners hasn’t been very good.
I have to stop being nonsensical. But Kawther doesn’t! “Kawther Hashem, registered nutritionist and researcher for Action on Sugar, said these hot flavoured drinks have to become an occasional treat, rather than an everyday purchase.” So yes, don’t enjoy yourself, at all, never ever you
And of course, at the end of the article we have this “In November, a hard-hitting report from MPs said a 20% sugar levy was an essential part of any national strategy to tackle child obesity.”
When was the last time you saw a child drinking a chai latte?