The babyccino has easily become a staple favourite in coffee shops and cafes—satisfy your tot while you sate your caffeine quota. But according to experts, the mini beverage isn’t the best idea for your little one…not by far.
The British Dietetic Association has released findings that a (chocolate) babyccino–with a flake or marshmallow–has a whopping 13.7g of sugar per 100ml. For a bit of perspective: Coca Cola has 10.6g of sugar per 100ml. So much for the fizzy drink tax.
Spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association Lucy Jones explains: ‘Most of us think milkier drinks are healthier. They have proteins, calcium and vitamins B12 and D. But lots of added sugar can negate benefits.” She says this is something chain coffee houses in particular should be looking at.
Of course, the Association’s statement isn’t intended to spark a mass guilt-trip amongst mums who’ve shared the experience of a cuppa with their little ones–milk is categorically preferable to fizzy drinks. The middle ground–because balance is the most sanity-saving parental mantra—is to maybe just have the barista ditch the Flake or marshmallow on top.