For many of us we rely on that daily latte to get us through the workday. However, have you stopped to take a look at what is in that latte? Whether it’s a latte or a tasty specialty drink at your favorite coffee shop, these drinks have the power to pack in some major calories, fat, and sugar. The problem is most of us do not even realize just how many calories these specialty drinks contain.
We have all heard the expression you are what you eat, but have you ever stopped to consider you are what you drink?
Here is a breakdown of some common coffee drinks and their nutritional values:
Caribou Coffee – Medium Pumpkin Pie Latte
This tasty little latte will pack in a wapping 450 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 80 grams of sugar!
Starbucks – Grande Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Coffee
This grande java will pack in 470 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 66 grams of sugar!
Dunkin’ Donuts – Large Frozen Caramel Coffee Coolatta®
This large frozen drink has 990 calories, 47 grams of fat, and 138 grams of sugar!
McDonald’s – Medium McCafé® Frappé Chocolate Chip
This medium frappé has 580 calories, 25 grams of fat, and 75 grams of sugar!
So, How Many Calories are you Drinking?
It is easy to grab a specialty coffee drink on the go, but take the time to stop and check out the nutritional content of that drink. It is possible to find almost any drink’s nutritional value by visiting the business’s website or by doing a simple Google search. Whether it’s McDonald’s or Caribou Coffee, I was easily able to find the nutritional value of everything on their menu.
However, when it doubt, keep it simple. Order a plain cup of black coffee, which literally contains almost zero calories. If needed, add a little skim milk and cinnamon for a low calorie, low sugar, and fat-free option.