Starbucks is selling a citrus mint green tea that contains more calories than a bar of Mars.
The new citrus mint green tea contains 321 calories per 470ml cup. On the other hand, a 58 gram Mars bar contains 260 calories. While a 355 ml can of Coke contains 278 calories.
The tea is sold as part of a new line of 'Teavana' branded teas.
A nutritionist from health pressure group, Action on Sugar, Kawther Hashem, has said that the calorie content of the tea is 'shocking'. She has also said that Starbucks needs to adjust the recipe.
She said "Coffee shop chains must immediately reduce the amount of sugar in these hot drinks, improve their labelling and stop selling the extra-large serving sizes."
The tea contains contains milk, sugar, green tea, citrus and mint flavoured syrup and a sweet lemon topping. However, it contains a whopping 32 grams of sugar, which is responsible for most of the 321 calories in it.
The in-store signage at Starbucks shows the calorie content of the new Teavana drinks. However this is for only drinks made with skimmed milk.
Customers find out the calorie content of drinks made with fattening whole milk by checking online or asking at the counter.