The American coffeehouse chain, Starbucks' lately launched new beverage Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte is found to be more calorific than a Mars bar or two cans of Coca-Cola.
This "Teavana" branded tea by Starbucks is served in a "grande" or large sized cup, each serving is equal to 470ml and contains 321 calories. The calorie count is drastically higher than what's found in 2 cans of Coke which is equal to 355ml or a bar of Mars which weighs 58gm.
American coffeehouse chain Starbucks new Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte is reportedly more calorific than a Mars bar or two cans of Coca-Cola. This "Teavana" branded tea by Starbucks is served in a "grande" or large sized cup, each serving is equal to 470ml and contains 321 calories.
The calorie count is drastically higher than what's found in two cans of Coke, which is equal to 355ml or a bar of Mars which weighs 58gm.
Health activists say that by selling such sugary and high-cal beverage, the US coffee giant is triggering the obesity epidemic in the UK.
The amount of calories this tea contains has been described as "shocking" by Kawther Hashem, a nutritionist from health pressure group Action on Sugar.
"Coffee shop chains must immediately reduce the amount of sugar in these hot drinks, improve their labelling and stop selling the extra-large serving sizes," Hashem was quoted as saying by The Sun.
"The huge quantities of sugar in hot drinks, such as these, can contribute to the onset of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay and immediate action and responsibility needs to be taken by these companies in reducing sugar levels and introduce healthier alternatives," Hashem added.
The Teavana has regular collection of teas which are consumed without sugar or milk and has zero calories, like Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas. But the water is substituted with lathered milk in the tea lattes collection. Starbucks have mentioned the nutritional info about the high-cal tea lattes on their website.
"We are committed to helping our customers make balanced and informed choices by displaying nutritional information and providing a wide range of drinks options," a Starbucks spokesperson said according to Daily Mail.
"Semi-skimmed milk is served as standard in our stores, but our drinks can be customised to reduce calories, including choosing skimmed, soya or coconut milk," the spokesperson concluded.
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