Black coffee actually has no calories or very few calories. At most, a cup of black coffee still has fewer than five calories.
Coffee with milk adds a significant amount of calories based on the type of milk you use. Skim milk adds about 22 calories for 2-ounce cup while 2% adds about 30 calories per 2 ounces. Whole milk will add a total of about 38 calories.
Adding cream and sugar to your coffee will increase the calories quite a bit. Two ounces of cream add 120 calories while one teaspoon of sugar adds 16 calories.
Iced coffee that doesn’t have any other additives (besides the ice) will still have no calories or less than five depending on the specific blend that you use. Adding other ingredients increases the calories according to the previous counts.
Frozen coffee drinks can have a large number of calories and actually range all the way up to a thousand or more depending on the specific ingredients. Some are also around 300 or more calories with fewer or lower-calorie ingredients.
If you drink a lot of coffee or if you put a lot of different ingredients into it you could actually be drinking a lot more calories than you originally thought. Butter and coconut oil, which turns your coffee into what’s known as ‘bulletproof coffee’ creates a high-calorie drink.
Adding sweetener and cream or milk also increases the number of calories in the coffee that you’re drinking. If you drink the coffee black, however, you will have a low or no-calorie drink that you can feel better about.
The calories in your coffee don’t actually come from the coffee itself. There are very negligible amounts of calories in that cup of black coffee. Instead, the calories come from everything that you add into the coffee, including milk, cream, sugar, and flavorings.
Milk can add up to 65 calories per 100 ml, depending on if you’re drinking whole milk, skim or 2% milk. Sugar substitutes can help to decrease some of the calories of sweeteners, but sugar can have as much as 16 calories in a single teaspoon.
If you’re looking to cut back on the number of calories in your cup of coffee the best thing to do is cut the additives. Black coffee is better for you and far lower in calories than anything you add into the cup.
A plain cup of black coffee has less than 5 calories and zero fat in it. Emphasis on the word “plain”! Most calories in coffee beverages come from added sugar and then fats in the form of dairy and non-dairy creamers. If you like your coffee pure, then the only thing to watch is the number of sugars you add to your cuppa joe!
Adding 2 ounces of cream to your coffee adds 120 calories and 12 grams of fat; given that a standard cup of black coffee contains about 5 calories before any additions are made, a cup of coffee with cream and no sugar will result in 125 calories.
If you use whole milk to lighten up your coffee, 2 ounces will add 38 calories; 2 ounces of 2 percent milk adds 30 calories and 2 ounces of non-fat milk will add 22 calories. This means that a standard cup of coffee will contain between 27 and 43 calories before any sugar is added.
Given the wide variety of beverages available on the Dunkin Donuts menu, a 10-ounce cup of black coffee contains 5 calories whereas a large Frozen Mocha Coffee Coolatta with cream contains 1050 calories! As always, moderation is key and with the ability to customize your coffee beverage to your taste comes the ability to inflate the number of calories in your coffee.
A 16-ounce Americano Coffee contains roughly 9 calories with all of the calories coming from the espresso used to make it. Seeing that the only other ingredient in an Americano Coffee is water, this coffee staple is a great option for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle (as long as you watch the number of sugars you add!)
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