Monday, July 27, 2009

Cancer Fear Of Calorie-Laden Iced Coffees

Calorie-laden iced coffee drinks are putting people at increased risk of obesity and cancer, an expert has warned. Most iced coffee drinks contained over 200 calories. Women could be consuming more than a quarter of their daily calories with just one drink.

Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), analysed the calories at three leading high street chains: Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee.

In her findings most iced coffee drinks contained over 200 calories, with some measuring in at around 450. A Starbucks venti dark berry mocha frappuccino blended coffee with whipped cream has the highest number of calories at 561.

Sky News Online took the streets of London to see whether consumers were aware of the number of calories in the drinks.

In their studies, one person who used to work in Starbucks, guessed a Caffe Nero double chocolate frappe had a huge 1,000 calories; more than twice the actual figure of 483.

"You have no idea what is really in the powder that makes up these drinks," she explained. "I used to wonder what it was. I wouldn't drink it knowing there's that much in there."

Another guessed 1,000 calories; although he conceded he didn't have any idea what his daily allowance was. "It's terrible to think it's that much but I would probably still drink it," he said. The lowest guess was as little as 150 calories; just a third of the true sum.

And for Rebecca, being told about the high calorie count was a shock. "It's lethal! I don't want it now," she told Sky News Online. "I know there's a lot of fat in them too."

Dr Thompson said: "The fact that there is an iced coffee on the market with over a quarter of a woman's daily calorie allowance is alarming.

"This is the amount of calories you might expect to have in an evening meal, not in a drink. Having these type of drinks as an occasional treat is unlikely to do you any harm. But if you are having them regularly then they will increase the chances of you becoming overweight which, in turn, increases your risk of developing cancer as well as other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes."

The recommended calorie intake for women is around 2,000 a day and 2,500 for men.

Venti dark berry mocha with whipped cream 561
Venti dark berry mocha without whipped cream 457
Tall dark berry mocha with without whipped cream 288
Venti iced coffee 5
Tall iced coffee 3

Caffe Nero
Double chocolate frappe 483
Mocha frappe latte 483
Mocha frappe latte with skimmed milk 452
Framme latte with skimmed milk 277
Iced latte 117

Costa Coffee
Massimo iced mocha 361
Massimo coffee frescato 332
Primo coffee frescato 199
Primo iced mint latte 167
Primo iced mocha 152

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