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When Coffee isn’t Coffee


Does your morning routing include a “cup of Joe” (or several)? Do you prefer your coffee black or with cream and or sugar?

You may be surprised to find out that what you are adding to your coffee can add a significant amount of calories and fat to your daily intake.

According to the USDA Nutrient Database, eight ounces of brewed coffee (regular) has two calories per serving. That would be considered a “free food” on most nutrition plans but what happens when you add just one tablespoon of half and half cream? That cup now has 22 calories. Then add a teaspoon of sugar. Now, that cup of coffee has 38 calories. If you have two to three eight ounce cups of coffee each morning, that is providing 76 to 114 calories each morning from just coffee. Over the week, that could be additional 532 to 798 calories from coffee alone.

Fast food specialty coffee beverages pack a powerful calorie punch also. While a small cup of coffee will still have just two calories, a small iced coffee with sugar free syrup will have 60 calories, and a small mocha with non-fat milk will have 240 calories.
Take a little inventory of what is in your morning cup of Joe. You may be surprised.

USDA Nutrient Database
McDonalds Nutrition Data

Sarah J. Buytendorp, RD, LDN

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