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‘Sugar overload’ warning for festive hot drinks

‘Sugar overload’ warning for festive hot drinks

Health
Seasonal lattes and hot chocolates being sold by some High Street coffee chains can contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, a study has found. Action on Sugar analysed more than 200 drinks and found "shockingly" large amounts of sugar in many of them. Some were made using vegan-friendly alternatives to cow's milk.The "venti" (a pint) Starbucks Signature Caramel Hot Chocolate made with oat milk but topped with whipped cream had the most.It contains 23 teaspoons (93.7g) of sugar and 758 calories, which Action on Sugar says is as much as three cans of Coca-Cola or four white chocolate and strawberry muffins. Next was Caffe Nero's Grande Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate made with skimmed milk - containing 15 teaspoons (nearly 60g) ...
Tax on sugary drinks recommended by health organizations

Tax on sugary drinks recommended by health organizations

Health
March 24 (UPI) -- To decrease obesity among young people, major health organizations have called on communities around the United States to tax soda, fruit drinks and other sugary beverages. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association have backed a group of measures designed to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a statement released Monday. "I think it's time that pediatricians get out there and advocate for some of these policies that really keep our kid's health," Sheela Magge, associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and author on the statement, told UPI. Children who consume more than 10 percent of the daily calories from added sugars have an increased risk of developing higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglyceri...
Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme proposed

Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme proposed

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your devicePeople in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste.The deposit will increase prices - but consumers will get the money back if they return the container.The scheme is expected to cover single-use glass and plastic bottles, and steel and aluminium cans.Full details are subject to consultation and yet to be decided, including how big the deposit will be.But costs in similar schemes elsewhere range from 22p in Germany and 8p in Sweden.The government announcement comes after the Blue Planet II series highlighted the threat of ocean pollution and showed footage of wildlife eating plastic.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said there was no doubt that plastic was "wreaking h...
America is on a binge — 17.5 billion drinks worth: Study

America is on a binge — 17.5 billion drinks worth: Study

Health
Excessive drinking can kill you -- and claims the lives of an estimated 88,000 Americans per year, according to a first-of-its-kind study. That’s 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults -- and more than half are related to binge drinking. If you find this sobering, keep reading. Some 37 million adults -- about 17 percent -- reported binge drinking, according to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A binge drinker typically drinks about once a week, drinking seven drinks within two hours. Let’s define binge drinking: for men, it’s having five or more alcoholic drinks in a two-hour window; women need to drink at least four drinks in that span for it be considered binging. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is a phone survey that collects yearly data on