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Attention Starbucks-Addicted Moms: Your Coffee May Be Giving You a Sugar Rush

A U.K. study found Starbucks drinks have the highest sugar content.

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Say it ain't so, Starbucks! Why-oh-why would you do this to me, and every other vanilla latte-addicted mom in the western hemisphere?

Let me explain why I'm freaking out more than a mother-of-three who hasn't had her grande cappuccino with soy milk by noon: After looking at 131 beverages at various coffee chains in the U.K., a British campaign group called Action on Sugar has concluded that Starbucks has drinks with the highest sugar content.

The group analyzed 34 drinks on the coffee restaurant's menu and found a whopping seven that claim spots in their top 10. The biggest offender: the Venti Grape Mulled Fruit with chai, orange, and cinnamon, which is packed full of 25 teaspoons, or 99 grams, of the sweet stuff.

Let's boil that number down: According to the American Heart Association, men should be consuming 9 teaspoons of sugar per day, while women should get no more than 6 teaspoons. So, if you order a Venti Grape Mulled Fruit, don't plan to have any sugar whatsoever for the next four days.

Here's what my beloved Starbucks had to say in response to the scathing report:

"Earlier this year we committed to reduce added sugar in our indulgent drinks by 25 percent by the end of 2020. We also offer a wide variety of lighter options, sugar-free syrups and sugar-free natural sweetener and we display all nutritional information in-store and online."

It is true; my favorite beverage is a sugar-free vanilla latte. But if I do ever plan to go crazy and opt for the regular vanilla, maybe I'll consider waiting about four years.

To be fair, it's not as if I thought drinking a seasonal gingerbread latte was healthy, but to find out so many of the drink offerings are soaked in sugar is upsetting. Because it's Starbucks, the beacon of hope for sleep-deprived moms everywhere. Just maybe not when it comes to cutting down on sweets.

What is your take on this new report?

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.