Oh for the day when the worst thing you could do to your coffee was add a hundred calories in cream and sugar. These days, most of the health atrocities being committed in the name of coffee come to us courtesy of the ubiquitous coffee-house and fast food chains that are colonizing our neighborhoods from sea to sea. Why do they see the need to turn a cup of coffee into a concoction capable of ringing up four-figure calorie counts? (Aside from the fact that consumers are scarfing them up…)
A plain cup of brewed coffee has only two calories, and no fat. Even adding 49 calories from a tablespoon of sugar, 20 calories from a tablespoon of half and half, or 52 calories from whipping cream–a regular coffee can’t come close to competing with the desserts-in-coffee-cups listed here.
For a little perspective, keep this in mind: the range of recommended calories is from 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day for adult women; and 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day for adult men, depending on age and physical activity level.
Meanwhile, the American Heart Association has issued guidelines that say most women should consume no more then 25 grams (6 teaspoons, or about 100 calories) of added sugar daily, and most men no more than 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons, or about 150 calories).