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How fattening is your posh Christmas coffee? CHRISTMAS FOOD They may taste wonderful, but how many calories are in Christmasthemed hot drinks from the high street? Brace yourselves for what the dietitian has to say...

S your body paying the price for a full-fat eggnog or spiced latte to go? IWith high-street chains like Costa, Starbuck and Caffe Nero now dishing out hundreds of thousands of cups of the lush stuff to warm us up as we go Christmas shopping, do you REALLY know what goes into one of your festive favourites? Our colleagues at The Mirror asked British Dietetic Association dietitian Aisling Pigott, who works in South Wales, to analyse drinks from Starbucks, Costa and Pret, and here is what she found.

COSTA Gingerbread and cream latte, massimo size, full-fat 317 calories 13.8g fat 35.4g carbohydrate 34.9g sugar Caramel fudge hot chocolate, massimo size, full-fat 661 calories 19.4g fat 103.8g carbohydrates 98.1g sugar Sticky toffee latte, massimo size, full-fat 610 calories 28.3g fat 75.2g carbohydrate 73.3g sugar Aisling says: "All of these drinks contain more sugar than recommended for a woman in a whole day. The caramel fudge hot chocolate contains almost three times more sugar than a man would need in a whole day."

STARBUCKS Toffee nut latte, venti 417 calories 15.7g fat 52.9g carbohydrates 50g sugar Gingerbread latte ginger whip, venti 403 calories 15.2g fat 51.4g carbohydrates 47.9g sugar Eggnog latte, venti 547 calories 25.9g fat 60.5g carbohydrates 58.2 sugar Aisling says: "All contain about 25% of an adult's energy intake for a day and around twice as much sugar as needed in a day.

"However, the almond and honey hot chocolate contains almost three times the recommended sugar intake."

CAFFE NERO Winter berry latte (drink in) 488 calories 14.3g saturated fats 64.8g sugar White chocolate mocha (drink in) 414 calories 25.6g saturated fat 24.5g sugar Aisling said: "The kcal content of Caffe Nero drinks are quite similar. All contain about 25% of an adult's recommended energy requirements for a day and more sugar than is needed for an entire day.

"However, the winter berry latte contains almost three times the recommended sugar intake."

PRET A MANGER Orange Spiced Latte 240g serving 186 calories 8.2g fat 21.4g sugar Aisling says: "The sugar content is still almost a full day's intake. However, the fat and kcal content are not excessive."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 5, 2015
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