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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
September 10, 2017
If you’re like me, coffee is an enjoyable part of your work day. Walking past the coffee-shop on the way to work, the smell of freshly brewed coffee is so tempting. But what about the impact of a caramel-flavoured coffee on your health? Diet friend or foe?
Delicious as they may be, some of your favourite brews can be laden with unnecessary calories, more saturated fat than we need in an entire day and double the recommended amount of sugar! These calorie-laden frappes, super-sized cappuccinos and chai flavoured lattes can lead to an incredible amount of weight gain each year – in fact just downsizing from a large to small size coffee (with full-fat milk) can save you gaining 11 pounds* of weight a year!
The infographic below is an example of just how many calories can be hiding in a full-fat coffee – the large size (16oz or 470ml) provides a huge 15% of the daily calorie requirement for women and 12% for men (a cup of instant coffee with milk provides only 1-2%).
So, how do you still get your caffeine-fix but keep your waistline healthy at the same time? Tips for cutting back on the calories, fat and added sugar:
“An 8oz coffee, despite looking smaller than the other cups, is actually the same size as a typical cup at home”
“Just downsizing your coffee from a large to a small size coffee could save you gaining 11 pounds of weight a year!"
So, next time you’re ordering your morning coffee, think twice about the size, and hidden fat and sugar in your drink. I’m off for a small skinny flat white (hold the sugar)!
*Estimate only. Based on 5-day working week. Calorie calculations and weight gain are estimates only and values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs, other oral intake and energy expenditure.
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.