More should be done to reduce sugar in coffee shop drinks says our poll

Seasonal coffees and hot chocolates sold in some coffee chains can contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, according to a study of over 200 drinks by pressure group Action on Sugar.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 4:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 9:41 pm
Should more be done about the sugar levels in seasonal drinks in coffee shops?

In our Facebook poll we asked: “Do you think coffee shops and cafes need to take greater steps to reduce their levels of sugar and portion sizes? At the time of writing, 552 people had voted, with 71% saying yes, 29% no.

Alice Thompson said: “I am sure sales would soon drop if these chains were more transparent about the amount of sugar in the drinks. It is really quite unbelievable.”

Caz Rae said: “I voted 'no' because I'm fed up with this 'nanny state' - I'd rather see more information, and let the public decide for themselves if they wish to consume a product.”

William Harvey posted: “Personal choice if you ask me. After all, if you order a coffee with ‘flavoured syrup’ or ‘hot chocolate’, surely you are aware it will be sugary.”

Michael Jones said: “As long as the information is clearly available, why can’t people take personal responsibility?”

Karl Burgess agreed with Michael, saying: “I voted yes, but instantly had this exact same thought (as Michael). I'm assuming that the coffees are aimed at adults. Surely it's up to them.”

Emma Stainsby said: “What they need to cut is the prices. They are ridiculous, never mind the disgusting smell.”

Trevor Craddy said: “I voted no. Surely it's up to the individual to decide whether or not to put stuff like this in their bodies.”