Story by: Lynne Choate on September 29, 2016
Coffee has gotten deliciously complicated — lattes, frappés, cappuccinos, mochas, double shots, iced, hot, frozen, the list goes on.
Can I just get a plain cup of coffee?
“Actually if you’re drinking just a plain cup of coffee, you’re doing great,” said Maji Koetter-Ali, registered dietitian with Norton Weight Management Services. “The coffee isn’t the problem, it’s all the creamers, flavors, toppings and sugar we add to it that are turning a morning pick-me-up into the equivalent of a meal.”
Here’s what you’re drinking in a few of our nation’s favorite coffee treats:
Based on a grande (16-ounce) from Starbucks, but would be similar at any coffee shop
18 g total fat
52 g carbs
50 g sugar
14 g protein
10 teaspoons of sugar*
4.5 teaspoons of Crisco
Based on McDonald’s small (12-ounce) offering, but would be similar at any coffee shop
21 g total fat
7 g protein
72 g sugar
14.4 teaspoons of sugar*
5.25 teaspoons of Crisco
Based on a small (16-ounce) from Dunkin’ Donuts, but would be similar at any coffee shop
4 g total fat
72 g carbs
71 g sugar
14.2 teaspoons of sugar*
1 teaspoon of Crisco
*Health.gov dietary guidelines recommend no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar a
Here’s the good news!
Four ways you can make a healthier coffee treat:
“One thing I do when making my favorite fall version of a pumpkin spice latte is to put pumpkin pie spices into the coffee grounds before I brew the coffee. The flavors are then infused into my coffee. Add a little skim milk and its ready,” Koetter-Ali said.
WHAS 11 interviewed Koetter-Ali on this topic. Watch the story.
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