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What’s in my coffee?

Black coffee has zero calories and zero carbohydrates, yet today’s coffee drinks have turned into the caloric equivalent of rich desserts that people are consuming on a regular basis. 
Many specialty coffee drinks use espresso as the starting ingredient, a concentrated form of coffee. Espresso does not take up too much room in the cup, allowing for the rest of the drink to be filled with calorically dense ingredients like whipped cream. A coffee drink that includes half and half would provide double the amount of calories and three times as much fat than if whole milk were used. A coffee drink made with whole milk would provide 50 percent more calories and 7 grams more fat than if skim milk were used. In addition to milk based products, many coffee beverages contain other ingredients.  Flavored syrups have 20 calories for each pump and most coffee drinks take at least three pumps, adding to the caloric value of the beverage. Continue Reading »

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