Coffee Has Little To No Calories, Unless…

Oh, coffee! Truly the love of my life, the one thing that will instantly boost my mood as soon as I smell that delicious aroma in the air.

Caffeine does that to you, you know. It’s a mood booster, and it’s said to help reduce mental fatigue. It’s able to help you focus as well, so that’s definitely a bonus! All in all, consuming caffeine should have no cons, but something that’s seemingly magical is never perfect.

Unfortunately, caffeine is addictive. As you may already know, coffee is not the only drink that contains caffeine – tea and soda are some popular alternatives for your daily caffeine fix. Controlling how much you drink is important to avoid becoming dependent on these types of drink.

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“More than 90% of adults regularly drink Caffeine in the United States, consuming an average of 200 mg of Caffeine per day — the equivalent of two 6-ounce coffees or five 12-ounce cans of soft drinks,” the Addiction Center said. “When the need for Caffeine crosses the line from a pleasant pick-me-up to a daily necessity, addiction is possible.”

However, a study claims that drinking 4 cups of coffee per day while maintaining a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of premature death. Even that amount is a bit too much for me though.

And then another study suggests that drinking coffee might help protect against breast cancer! But this research comes with its own con, because it’s said that coffee consumption may reduce the effectiveness of certain chemotherapy agents.

With such studies, coffee drinkers might start consuming more if they’re aiming to somehow get some health benefits. But did you know that your average Iced Coffee order can have around 100 to 300 calories? The total amount depends on what you add to your coffee, of course. Not everyone can tolerate a plain black coffee everyday.

The good news is, if you truly want multiple cups of coffee a day, most plain coffees have little to no calories.

Raw coffee beans can have up to 260 calories in a 50g serving. The roasting process gets rid of the fat and oil from the beans, so once you brew your coffee, you’re left with just a miniscule amount of calories in the beans, if any at all.

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Surprisingly, espressos contain more calories compared to brewed coffee simply because it’s more concentrated. Black coffee contains 2 calories, while an espresso contains 20 calories per 8 ounces on average.

Now coffee with a tablespoon of French vanilla creamer, for example, contains 32 calories. Add a spoonful of sugar to that and you already have about 90 calories in your cup of coffee!

Autumn is fast approaching, and you might be tempted to go back to ordering your pumpkin spice lattes, everyone. It might intrigue you that you’d need to run 5 miles just to burn off a 470-calorie venti pumpkin spice latte. Make of that info what you will, I guess.

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