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By Millie Pope | Image by Summersky/Shutterstock.com |

People worldwide are fast becoming a population of fatties. They are not just fat they are so overweight they are obese. This is mainly due to eating a diet consisting of an overdose of oily substances and far too much sugar. Fast food seems to be the normal routine for daily meals, together with takeaway hot drinks. Is this because it’s an easy, quick pick up that saves time and the effort of cooking at home?

So many people stop at Starbucks for an early morning cup of coffee before going to work feeling that without their morning cuppa they will not survive the ordeals of the day! Unfortunately, the sugar content added to the coffee is not healthy as already their sugar intake is too high.

On the market, there are numerous so- called energy drinks claiming to boost your energy levels, but what is their main ingredient? That’s right, a heavy dose of sugar! A recent report conducted in the U.K. on sugar revealed that flavored drinks like the ones Starbucks serves can have up to twenty- five teaspoons of sugar in one serving. This is over three times the amount recommended for an adult’s daily intake by the American Heart Association (AHA). It is even three times more sugar than is contained in a can of coca cola which is equal to nine teaspoons.

The report further found that 98% of flavoured hot drinks on sale at coffee chains in the U.K. contain very high levels of sugar per serving, which is similar to the United States and other countries. One hundred and thirty- one hot drinks in the survey showed that chai teas, mocha coffees, flavored lattes, and mulled fruit drinks were the main culprits, and, the worst of all was Starbucks hot mulled fruit grape with chai, orange and cinnamon containing twenty- five teaspoons of sugar. In two of the other choices from Starbucks, vanilla latte and caramel macchiato, there are more than eight teaspoons of sugar in each.

According to a spokesperson from Starbucks, it is the company’s intention to reduce 25% added sugar in its indulgent drinks by the end of 2020. He stated that Starbucks does offer a variety of lighter options, such as sugar-free syrups and sugar-free sweetener, and displays all nutritional information both in store and online.

According to the American Heart Foundation women should not have more than six teaspoons of sugar per day and the amount for men is not more tan nine teaspoons. A suggestion from the World Health Organization (WHO) is that this amount should be reduced to not more than six teaspoons per day for all adults of normal weight.

As many foods and fruits, we eat contain sugar naturally it is advisable to limit intake of added sugar as a precaution for carrying too much weight on our body and illness such as diabetes. Having hot flavored drinks and fast foods should only be occasional and not become the daily norm if we are going to keep down our weight.

“Cut sugar and eat more veggies” say the new dietary guidelines from USDA. They also recommend that people eat more fruit, vegetables, and whole wheat, and cut down on salt and saturated fat. Americans do not eat a healthy diet, are overweight and are at risk for getting heart disease as well as other illnesses.

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