"20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" Review

Too often, the biggest obstacle to your weight loss actually sits in your coffee cup. Every coffee shop offers at least ten different varieties-many that resemble a shake. Although we can argue whether or not black coffee is healthy, it doesn't matter when your favorite drink ends up being a calorie/sugar/fat bomb. Surprisingly enough, many coffee drinks compose of more sugar than a soda can of Coke (12 oz, 39 grams)....which absolutely shocks me. I've chosen the top 7 coffee drinks most commonly found in the Midwest from the article "20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke". If you're interested in losing weight with a personal trainer, you may want to see if your favorite drink is on this list. Cutting it may be easier than 30 extra minutes on the Stairmaster (or will it? :)).

1. DUNKIN’ DONUTS FROZEN FRENCH VANILLA SWIRL COFFEE COOLATTA WITH SKIM MILK


Small, 16 fl oz: 300 calories, 70 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.8 cans of Coke

Dunkin’ Donuts offers more than 15,000 ways to customize a coffee, and this drink is among the sugariest. Packing as much of the sweet stuff as 15 Oreos or nearly two cans of Coke, we’re all but forced to give this frozen, creamy beverage our stamp of disapproval.



2. DUNKIN’ DONUTS VANILLA CHAI


Medium, 14 fl oz: 330 calories, 46 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.17 cans of Coke

Following skim milk, sugar is listed as the second ingredient on this drink’s nutrition label, so we can’t say we were surprised to learn of its excessive sugar content. We know what you’re thinking: “But chai is healthy, right?” In its purest form, yes. The blend of herbs and spices found in traditional a chai tea bag have been shown to slow aging and fight everything from inflammation to stress and weight gain. However, Dunkin’s Franken-beverage only uses a tiny bit of the stuff typically found in a chai tea bag. In fact, of its 30+ ingredients, instant black tea, cinnamon, and ground clove are among the last few ingredients listed.

3. STARBUCKS WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA WITH NONFAT MILK, NO WHIP


Tall, 12 fl oz: 270 calories, 45 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.2 cans of Coke

Even if you hold the whipped cream and go with nonfat milk, there is no saving this overly sweet espresso drink. Recently a Starbucks spokesperson went on record saying that the company has plans to reduce the sugar in its "indulgent drinks" by 25 percent by the end of 2020. While that’s well and good, in the meantime, we suggest staying far away from this blood sugar-spiking beverage.

4. STARBUCKS CAFFÈ VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO WITH NONFAT MILK & WHIPPED CREAM


Tall, 12 fl oz: 280 calories, 48 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.2 cans of Coke

It’s a little-known fact that Frappuccino means “fattening” in Italian. Totally kidding, but maybe it should. Nearly all of Starbucks’ blended coffee and milk beverages are swimming with globs of fat and more sugar than anyone should ingest in a single day. (Which is 45 grams a day for women and 50 grams for men, according to the USDA’s most recent dietary guidelines.) Do your waistline a favor and cool down with a skinnier iced beverage from the ‘bux. Might we suggest a Tall 2% Iced Caffè Latte or a Tall Nonfat, Unsweetened Iced Coffee with two pumps Caramel Syrup? The former has 9 grams of sugar while the latter carries 10 grams.

5. PANERA FROZEN CARAMEL


Medium, 16 fl oz: 570 calories, 66 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.7 cans of Coke

Panera, home to an ever-growing stock of soups, salads and drinks, benefits from a beaming health halo—a perceived virtuousness that doesn’t necessarily play out in the hard realities of their nutritional stats. And this definitely holds true when it comes to its’ coffee beverages. Carrying more calories than 142 Jelly Bellys and as much sugar as nearly two cans of Coke, don’t just walk, run away from this belly fattening monster of a drink.

6. PANERA CHAI TEA LATTE


Medium, 16 fl oz: 240 calories 40 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.02 cans of Coke

Though it’s a touch better than Dunkin’s take on the classic brew, this is yet another example of a chai tea gone wrong. Instead of this beverage, opt for one of Panera’s 0-calorie “Republic of Tea” brews to stay on the path toward flat belly success!

7. MCDONALD’S MCCAFÉ MOCHA


12 oz: 340 calories, 42 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.1 cans of Coke

Made from espresso, steamed milk, chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle, this McMocha is far but ab friendly. There are far better ways to start your day with Ronald. Of all the items on the Mcdonald’s breakfast menu, we’re most keen on the Egg McMuffin and the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. Pair either of those with a black coffee and you can’t go wrong.

What do you think are the reasons for your lack of success in the gym?

Picture Credit: www.MSN.com - My personal training clients are always looking for ways to shave calories and sugar in their diets. Could the answer be lying in this cup?

Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article "20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" on MSN.com
"20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" Review
Learn how to lose weight from a personal trainer in Chicago.