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22 May, 2017

Coffee Shop Snacks and Hidden Sugars

This weekend The Sunday Times reported that Brits are unknowingly consuming their entire day’s allowance of sugar with breakfast items from popular chains such as Pret a Manger. Have you been falling prey to these hidden sugars?

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This weekend The Sunday Times reported that Brits are unknowingly consuming their entire day’s allowance of sugar with breakfast items from popular chains such as Pret a Manger. Breakfast muffins from both Starbucks (the lemon and poppyseed) and Pret a Manger (the double berry) have been found to contain the equivalent of eight teaspoons of sugar (42.8g and 39.9g respectively). The maximum daily recommended amount of added sugar is six teaspoons.

Jenny Rosborough, campaign manager at Action on Sugar said it is “shocking” the amount of sugar found in coffee shop snacks, of which these levels could easily be reduced. The Sunday Times go on to report that a slice of carrot cake from Costa, and a toffee pecan cake from Pret a Manger both contain a whopping 57g of added sugar. To put it into perspective, a slice of ginger cake from our deli contains just 10g of sugar, entirely naturally derived from dates, and our cacao and coconut slice has 11g of sugar, again naturally occurring,
from dates, sultanas, coconut and goji berries.

The easiest way to make sure you don’t fall prey to hidden sugars such as these is to cook from scratch as much as possible. These Date and Hazelnut Balls are super quick to make, and you can keep them in your bag to satisfy any hunger pangs! And if you don’t have time to make your own, make sure you know where your nearest Detox Kitchen deli is!

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