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How Many Calories in A Cup of Coffee?

Have you ever wondered how many calories a coffee cup contains? If you drink coffee on a regular basis, as so many people do, this is something you should definitely think about. The truth is that your daily cup of Joe may be making you fat without you even knowing it.

This shouldn't happen, really, because coffee is very low in calories. This is basically a cup of hot water into which coffee beans are poured. The whole thing should contain less than 10 calories. Plain coffee will usually contain 8 calories or less!

So, how can coffee make you fat? If it's so low in calories, does it have any effect on your weight?

If you like drinking black coffee with no sugar, then you have little to worry about as far as your weight is concerned. However, most people don't drink their coffee black or plain. They like adding things to it. Sugar, cream, sweeteners, milk, all these can take a low calorie coffee cup and turn it into a calorie bombshell. Combine a number of these add-ons and you have a serious problem.

But sugar, milk, and cream doesn't even begin to cover some of the more high-calorie add-ons and combos that you may find in popular coffee chains around the world. I'm talking about chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and other things which are put into coffee and make it a high calorie drink without you even knowing it.

Let's look at some examples:

1. A Large Iced Cappucino, Original with cream at Tim Horton's contains 470 calories, over 25% of the recommended daily amount for a 25 year old female (who is active for less than 30 minutes a day on average).

2. A Medium Berry White Mocha from Caribou Coffee contains 630 calories, more than a third of the same recommended daily amount.

3. A 12oz Caramel Latte from Coffee Bean will add 280 calories to your body. The caramel being the major calorie source, not the coffee.

4. An Eggnog Latte from Starbucks has 470 calories and quite a bit of fat.

These aren't rare examples. There are a lot of high calorie coffee drinks served in restaurants. Most people hardly consider the possibility of putting on weight from what they drink. But the truth is that coffee, the wrong kind, can make you fat.

You need to be aware of how many calories your coffee contains and to stick to low calorie options.


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