With a mere two calories per cup, coffee can be a dieter's best friend when energy levels are depleted. However, your daily cup of Joe could be a culprit for an ever-expanding waistline.
Calories in Popular Coffee Beverages
Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and virtually any other coffee company offer up a variety of calorie-laden concoctions. Some of the most popular coffee drinks come standard with loads of sugar and fat.
- Grande Caffe Latte (Starbucks) - 220 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat
- Grande Caffe Mocha (Starbucks) - 360 calories, 19 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat
- Medium Frozen Cappuccino (Dunkin Donuts) - 460 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat
The popular Frappuccino iced coffee beverage at Starbucks serves up a whopping 300 calories, 11 grams of fat and 7 grams of saturated fat for the smallest size. This is comparable to a cheeseburger from McDonald's, with 300 calories, 12 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat.
Several well-known coffee chains also offer special seasonal beverages. Starbucks, for example, offers special holiday drinks like the Caramel Brulee Latte. This creation comes with espresso, steamed whole milk, rich caramel sauce and is topped with whip cream and bits of caramel topping. Order a Grande size and you'll tack on 470 calories, 17 grams of fat and 10 grams of saturated fat. You'd be better off ordering Burger King's Whopper Jr., with 370 calories, 21 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat.
Fans of flavored coffee can expect to add about 20 calories and 5 grams of sugar per pump.
Slim down Your Daily Java
There are several ways to reduce the calorie and fat content of just about any coffee beverage. Whole milk, heavy whipped cream and sugary syrups are the additions that significantly increase the overall nutritional content of a coffee drink. Take a look at the difference between that Caffe Latte and Caffe Mocha if you ask for nonfat milk and no whip cream:
- Grande Caffe Latte (Starbucks) with nonfat milk & no whip - 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat
- Grande Caffe Mocha (Starbucks) with nonfat milk & no whip - 220 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat
Starbucks also offers "skinny" (nonfat milk, no whip cream and/or sugar-free syrup) versions of most of their coffee selections. If you must have whipped cream, you can always top off your drink at home with fat-free cool whip or the nonfat canned variety.
In the office, stick to calorie-free sweeteners or natural sugars (like sucanat or organic turbinado raw cane sugar), and nonfat milk or low-calorie half and half.
There are plenty of options available to lower the calorie and fat content of coffee without sacrificing flavor. Introduce nonfat or lowfat milk, low-calorie or calorie-free sweeteners and sugar-free syrups, and you can enjoy your morning coffee guilt-free.