The shock truth about sugar hiding in your coffee shop frappe revealed – & major high street chain is the worst offender

COFFEE Shop frappé drinks can contain up to 12 teaspoons of sugar — far more than even a Mars candy bar, research has found.

And regular drinkers risk their health if they exceed the recommended daily sugar limit, experts warn.

Starbucks is the worst culprit because its Frappuccinos contain too much sugar


Starbucks is the worst culprit because its Frappuccinos contain too much sugarPhoto credit: Getty

Consumer magazine Which? compared frappés and frappuccinos from Caffe Nero, Costa and Starbucks.

The worst offender was Starbucks semi-skimmed caramel Frappuccino at 48%.5g Sugar – or 12 teaspoons worth.

According to NHS health advice, adults should eat a maximum of 30g of sugar per day – around seven teaspoons.

Eating more can lead to weight gain and a host of health problems.

Much of the sugar in these drinks comes from the added syrups or fruit juices.

Which? A Belgian chocolate and hazelnut frappe cream from Caffe Nero was also found to contain 44.5g of sugar – 11 teaspoons.

And at Costa, a chocolate fudge brownie frappé mocha with oat milk contained 42.6g of sugar, or 10.5 teaspoons.

In comparison, a 51g Mars bar has 31g of sugar, or 7.5 teaspoons, while a 330ml can of regular Coca-Cola has 35g, or eight and a half teaspoons.

While the calorie content of the drinks must be specified in retail, this is not the case with the sugar content.

The sweet syrups are also exempt from state sugar Taxintroduced in 2018 to curb unhealthy consumption.

Which? Nutritionist Shefalee Loth said: “Wholesale chains need to take more responsibility and reduce the excessive sugar content of some of their drinks.”

“When shopping for an iced drink, there are healthier alternatives, such as regular iced coffee, which contain far less sugar.”

Starbucks said it is “committed to helping customers make informed decisions.”

Costa and Caffe Nero explained that their drinks are not subject to the sugar tax.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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