Popular coffee chains expanding Australian waistlines

Stopping for a quick coffee and snack on the way to work may blow your entire daily intake of sugar and saturated fat, research suggests.

About half of all hot drinks sold at Australia’s five major coffee chains contain added sugar and/or cream, according to a study of more than 500 items sold at McCafé, Gloria Jean’s, Michel’s Patisserie, The Coffee Club and Muffin Break.

The results reveal that a plain tea or coffee contributes only 5% to an average adult’s daily energy intake, but choosing a flavoured option or a cookie on the side can