More than half of all U.S. adults drink coffee and 26 percent are considered tea drinkers. New research reveals how many extra calories per day come from the add-ins to coffee and tea drinks.
Most coffee drinkers add sugar or another type of sweetener, cream or half & half or other add-ins. Many don’t realize that the calories from these seemingly inconsequential additions can add up to significant calories.
The researchers reported that those who drink drink their coffee black eat nearly 70 fewer calories per day compared to those who drink their coffee with sweeteners, cream or other additions. Tea drinkers were less likely to have higher calorie counts, because they are less likely to add anything to their tea.
Another interesting coffee study conducted in NYC compared the calorie counts of coffee drinks ordered from Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. The researchers found that, on average, that Starbucks beverages were 156 calories and those from Dunkin’ Donuts were 117 calories. What’s more, the study found that blended coffee drinks have four times the calories of a regular coffee, or 250-300 calories. In yet another study, college students who ordered coffee drinks from chains like Starbucks or Peet’s consumed 206 more calories during the day and 8 teaspoons more sugar compared to those who did not drink pricey coffee beverages.
Whether you drink coffee or tea, to keep it waistline friendly, avoid adding sweeteners and if you add milk or creamer, try to keep it to skim or 1 percent milk. Avoid calorie-rich gourmet coffee beverages as they usually loaded with added sugars.