When you wake up in the morning are you reaching for your Mr. Coffee home brew of Joe and some milk or heading out for a blended pumpkin latte?
NBC News reported that it may be your blended coffee drink making you fat without you even realizing it.
According to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 National Coffee Drinking Trends report 83 percent of American adults drink coffee and that’s up 5 percent from the previous year. However, only half are drinking the lower calories brewed coffee – that number is down 7 percent from last year.
“Instead, 31 percent (about the same as last year) opt for gourmet drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes. Many go even fancier. A 2009 survey of orders in New York City by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found two-thirds of Starbucks customers and a quarter of Dunkin’ Donuts customers picked blended coffee drinks, which use more milk, flavored syrups and whipped cream.
“Those drinks pack a higher calorie count — on average 240 calories, versus 75 for brewed coffee with cream and sugar, said Pat Fiducia, chief executive for CalorieKing Publications, which tracks nutrition information for restaurant items. But many contain even more calories, sugar and fat….”
So what are you actually drinking? Here’s a look at some of the fat and calorie counts from blended coffee favorites according to NBC News:
“Here’s a look at what’s in some popular drinks:
- Dunkin’ Donuts Frozen Mocha Coffee Coolatta with Cream, 32 ounces: 1,050 calories, 53 grams fat, 127 grams sugar
- Dunkin’ Donuts Frozen Caramel Coffee Coolatta with Cream, 32 ounces: 1,050 calories, 52 grams fat, 130 grams sugar.
- Starbucks Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream, 20 ounces: 700 calories, 26 grams fat, 101 grams sugar
- McDonalds Frappe Mocha, 22 ounces: 670 calories, 50 grams fat, 88 grams sugar
- Seattle’s Best Frozen Caramel Pretzel Mocha, 24 ounces: 640 calories, 22 grams fat, 83 grams sugar
- Seattle’s Best Frozen Birthday Cake Latte, 24 ounces: 640 calories, 23 grams fat, 87 grams sugar
- Starbucks Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino Blended Crème with Whipped Cream, 20 ounces: 560 calories, 18 grams fat, 89 grams sugar”
A Starbucks spokesperson says in the NBC story that there are countless options for people to lower calories and fat in their drinks. I agree that is true but you first have to realize how much fat and calories you are getting in the regular version.
I recently switched from skim milk in my coffee to half and half and now I’m worried that’s adding too many calories. It’s usually fat-free half-half but it still tastes so much better than just the milk. I usually use Truvia in my coffee instead on real sugar. Real sugar and Starbucks coffees are rare treats for me. I do like the Starbucks pumpkin latte packets. Those are my afternoon treat made with skim milk because it caffeinates me and fills me up.
Which are you drinking: the lower-calorie brewed coffee or fancy coffee? Do you know how many calories/fat are in your regular order? Do you try to lower the calories when you order at Starbucks or other places?