Love your coffee? It’s certainly part of the daily routine for many of us. But next time you’re stopping for a social brew, take a moment to think about what’s in it. There’s a surprising difference in the types of coffee.
From a health perspective, research suggests drinking coffee can have many health benefits, including a longer life. But remember these benefits come from the coffee, not the extra sugar, fat and dairy we like to add.
The good news – you’re okay if you just like an espresso or flat white. But if your favourite coffee makes an appearance on this list I’m afraid it’s not quite such good news!
A shot of espresso with two parts frothed milk. Contains 120 calories and 7 grams of fat but it’s a good source of calcium. Just watch out for the extra sugar you might add. To lighten the load, try one of these alternative ways to sweeten your coffee.
It might sound like a healthy choice but the chai powder in coffee shops is crammed with sugar. A small chai gives you 130 calories and 2 grams of fat, but you get an extra whopping 20 grams of sugar. That’s a hefty chunky out of your recommended 30g of sugar a day.
Christmas-themed coffees at coffee shops are a tempting treat, but do you know exactly how indulgent they are? Take Costa’s Billionaire Massimo Latte, which contains 660 calories of sugar and a whopping 20g of sugar. Perhaps avoid a cake on the side with this one!
Like a latte, but with an extra shot of chocolate syrup. The full cream version gives you more calories and carbohydrates than your standard coffee, with 160 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Popular with paelo fans, this is actually a recipe that combines high-quality coffee, grass-fed butter and coconut oil. The extremely high fat content of 50g is said to kill hunger much more than regular coffee. But at 441 calories per cup, it’s only gonna work as a weight-loss drink as part of a low-sugar diet.
Our advice? Enjoy your coffee but make the above an occasional treat, not an everyday drink. And if you do indulge, work off the guilt with one of our day gym passes.
Just had a homemade bullet proof coffee with coconut oil. It is delicious! Definitely recommended to try it, as you don't need milk then.
Luckily I don't have sugar in my coffee and I only usually have a flat white. But because I'm normally so good I can allow myself a festive Christmas coffee without any guilt!
I think coffee itself has negligible calories (same as tea) - but it is the extras that add up. 20 grams of sugar??? That's way too much even for my sweet tooth. I will be walking on by!
Chai latte is not a coffee, it is tea mixed with spices; so it doesn't seem fair to include it here as the article is supposed to be about the calories in coffee.