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Monday, February 20, 2017

Your Coffee Addiction Could Be Adding Up to 500 Extra Calories a Pop!

It's no secret that Americans are the biggest consumers of coffee. Coffee shop chains are everywhere now so you can have your coffee fix anytime, not just in the morning. Starbucks is the largest coffee shop chain with over 20,000 locations in over 60 countries. You can order your coffee any way you like with sugar, caramel, cream, chocolate, cinnamon, and whipped cream. But each time you do, it can add an additional 500 calories per cup!

What's in your coffee?

If you're trying to lose weight and doing everything else correctly but still putting on the pounds, check what you're adding to your coffee every day. For example, here are some of the most favorite Starbucks drinks, along with the calories they contain:

  • Java Chip Frappuccino (whole milk, whipped cream) 470
  • Iced White Chocolate Mocha (2 percent milk, whipped cream) 450
  • White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino (whole milk, whipped cream) 440
  • Green Tea Crème Frappuccino (whole milk, whipped cream) 430
  • Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino (whole milk, whipped cream) 430
  • Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino (whole milk, whipped cream) 400
  • Caramel Frappuccino (whole milk, whipped cream) 410
  • Caramel Macchiato (2 percent milk) 240

Stop with the sugar!

In addition to the extra calories, many of the specialty coffees can contain up to 69 grams or more of sugar. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons), and Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

Too much sugar has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, liver damage, and heart failure, and speeds up the aging process. If you have 2-3 specialty coffees per day, you are adding up to 1400-1500 calories and up to 200 or more grams of sugar.

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