Recent news has stated that many cafes and coffee chains are putting in numerous teaspoons of sugar into their coffee products. This came as a big surprise to many, including those that regularly consume these types of products.
What was most surprising was that the government have highlighted this as a recent issue and would like to see sugar levels being advertised on products so that people are actually aware of what they are eating or drinking before they actually buy it.
We here at Howden School interviewed three different members of staff to see if they know how many teaspoons of sugar there are being used in these coffee products and if they agree with how much they use. The first member of staff we interviewed was Mrs Mumby, our librarian. She said she thinks there are no teaspoons of sugar in the coffee and she also said she does not agree with the amount of sugar used.
The second member of staff we spoke to was Ms O’Neill, who thought there was about five teaspoons of sugar in the coffee. When I asked her if she agreed with the sugar used she said no and that she was very surprised that it could be up to 24 teaspoons in some of these products.
The third member of staff was Mrs Roberts. She thought there were 10 teaspoons of sugar in the coffee, and when I asked her if she agreed with the sugar used she said no because there is too much sugar already in things. She was also shocked to discover it was 24 teaspoons as well.
I think it is bad that this has only just come to light. That means that for many years, many coffee lovers have been having much more sugar in their diet than they realised. Hopefully now that this has all come out then the big chains as well as the smaller more independent businesses will actually address and massively reduce the amount of sugar they put into their products.
Written by Jake, BBC School News Reporter
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