Beware of the festive treats – many speciality Christmas goodies contain more calories than a cheeseburger

If you are concerned about gaining a few pounds this Christmas then it’s not just the mince pies, brandy butter, mulled wine, choccies and cheese you need to watch out for.

We are well aware that the traditional Christmas treats mentioned above are guilty of being laden with unwanted calories – so thank goodness for the healthier coffee shop alternatives such as speciality lattes and Xmas sandwiches…or not.

Next time you pop into Starbucks, Costa, Cafe Nero or any other popular coffee chain – beware of their Christmas menu. If you think that sacrificing a mince pie for a less calorific liquid option is a sensible idea then you best think again.

According to a recent article featured in the Daily Mail, numerous coffee shop chain offerings actually contain more calories than a McDonalds double cheeseburger (440 calories, 23g fat, 8g sugar).

Soaring way above the cheeseburger are a large eggnogg latte from Starbucks which contains a staggering 579 calories, 24g of fat and 74g of sugar, a Costa Black Forest hot chocolate which contains 548 calories, 26g of fat and 60g of sugar, a Caffe Nero cinnamon hot chocolate which contains 487 calories, 20g of fat and 65g of sugar and an EAT Christmas Full Works sandwich which contains 789 calories, 18g of fat and 14g of sugar.

These amounts are just astounding, with the large eggnogg latte alone exceeding the recommended healthy limit of sugar by 20% – the equivalent of about 18 teaspoons of sugar.

British Dietetic Association spokesman Dr Frankie Phillips has said these amounts of fat and sugar are alarming. “The calories are the equivalent of a meal, but one that lacks any real nutrition.”

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