The shakes do contain a higher sugar content yes.
Not all of the sugar listed on the label is ‘added’ sugars (the ones we are specifically advised to cut back on). The majority of the total sugar content is naturally occurring milk sugar (you will get this same milk sugar if you were to drink a glass of milk).
Naturally occurring sugars are those found in whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetable, dairy and some grains. While natural sugars are still sugar, it does not have quite the same effect as added sugar- the foods they come from do contain many other beneficial nutrients and a healthy and well- balanced diet will contain some natural sugars from these types of foods.
The shakes do contain a small amount of added sugars, about 3g per serve.
BT Nutritionist 🙂