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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.
Consider this for the following 16 oz coffee drinks*:
  • Cappuccino: 100-180 calories, 10g sugar
  • Mocha: 201-433 calories, 35g sugar
  • Caramel Macchiato: 240 calories, 32g sugar
  • Latte: 160-260 calories, 20g sugar
  • Iced Coffee: 90-440 calories, 11g sugar
*calories differ depending on the ingredients added to them.
 
The best way to avoid added “extras” in your coffee is to drink regular coffee with small amounts of milk or sweetener. For better health and to avoid added sugars and fat, don’t make your coffee into a dessert!
 

About Julia Salomón MS, RD, CD

Julia is the corporate dietitian at Affinity Health System and also a nutrition educator. She works at various sites throughout the organization working with Affinity’s employee wellness program. She earned her Master’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and became a dietitian shortly thereafter. Julia has worked on several nutrition projects abroad as well as domestically. Before joining Affinity Health System in June of 2011, she worked as a college dietitian and later in the school nutrition field. She has earned certificates of training in adult and childhood weight management. Julia has a special interest in nutrition, public health and wellness.

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