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The middle of November can only mean one thing- the start of the Xmas season is upon us. Team JDP Fitness is on hand with our run down of the High Street Xmas drinks and how many kcal you can expect to digest. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – also known as the time of year when our daily sugar intake triples thanks to the onslaught of festive beverages hitting coffee shops up and down the country. We looked at the menu of Costa, Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Pret and Eat to see what Christmassy hot drinks are on offer.

Festive beverages contain up to 14 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, new research has revealed.

Researchers looked at the sugar and calorie content on some of Britain’s best-loved drinks and found that some contained almost a quarter of an adult’s recommended daily calorie allowance.

They looked at drinks from major vendors including Pret a Manger and Costa Coffee – and found that Caffè Nero’s Belgian Truffle hot chocolate had the highest sugar content at 56.9g (the equivalent of roughly 14.2 teaspoons).

The chocolate-flavoured treat also contains 435 kcal – almost a quarter of an adult’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) according to guidelines.

But it was far from the highest in the calorie stakes with Pret a Manger’s orange hot chocolate containing an eye-watering 454 kcal per cup.

For the research, the drinks selected contained semi-skimmed milk and the cup size opted for was regular (roughly 12 oz or 341ml).

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The festive drink containing the most grams of sugar is the Belgian Truffle Hot Chocolate released by Caffè Nero, with a regular cup containing a whopping 56.9g of sugar; around 14 teaspoons of sugar. This is followed by another Caffè Nero special; the Winter Spiced Hot Chocolate which contains 51.6g of sugar. Pret a Manger’s Orange Hot Chocolate came in third place (50.5g), followed closely by their Mint Hot Chocolate (50.2g) – just under 13 teaspoons of sugar. Unsurprisingly, out of the top 10 calorific and sugary festive hot drinks, seven are hot chocolate.

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So to put that in perspective, the next time you are considering getting in the festive spirit with your local barista, it would take the average person 40 minutes of jogging to burn off one coffee. Now, you can embrace that hit and balance your energy expenditure equation by either eating fewer calories elsewhere or by upping your daily activity. Or, alternatively, you could avoid this seasons festive drinks and save yourself the calories and the sugar hit. 

OUR TOP TIP 1- Irish Velvet Latte, Costa

If you are going to go all in our top tip is this years new drink from Costa the Irish Velvet Latte. Costa’s Irish Velvet Latte is part of the coffee shop’s new Irish Velvet range. You can choose from a latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate or frostino – and all beverages are infused with caramel and vanilla. If you like Bailey’s then we reckon you’ll love this – it’s smooth and even better with cream on the top. The drink is sweetened thanks to a non-alcoholic Irish cream flavoured syrup and it works really nicely with the coffee. It’s also totally suitable for the ’gram – it comes with a pretty swirl of cream and a golden-coloured white chocolate star on the top. A word of warning, though: eat the star before you start slurping otherwise it’ll melt and be lost in the beverage forever.

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OUR TOP TIP 2- Grenade Gingerbread Carb Killa

Grenade is bringing back its gingerbread flavoured protein bar as a Christmas exclusive for the 2019 festive season.

The seasonal bar was Grenade’s best-selling Christmas product last year (UK Retailer Data 13 w/e 06/01/19) and will re-join the brand’s Carb Killa range for a limited time only. The spiced bar combines ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, with a white chocolate drizzle and cloves, to create a Christmas-inspired flavour. With fewer than 220 calories, the product is packed with 22g of whey protein and 1.6g of sugar. Much better! 

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author: Matt Williams


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