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12 Worst Coffee Drinks

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12 Worst Coffee Drinks

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).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:48PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Espresso 4 me! I drink a couple on that list a few times a year only. Thanks

3:20AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing..

5:52AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

This is shocking; I knew these had a lot of sugars but the calories are astounding. Thankfully I don't like most of these and dislike cream completely, but even I've been tempted to buy a mocha on rare occasions. Definitely never again! Most of these are a full day's calories for me just for one drink, you'd have to run a marathon every day to work these off. Phew!

2:09PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

:( but some of these are my favorites

6:02PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Black without sugar for me!

1:23AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

thanks

6:43AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

thanks

11:57AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

interesting...thanks

7:35PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Still like my coffee & tea

4:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Not only are they high in calories, fat and sugar....but they are expensive too....stick to making coffee at home from.....fair trade, organically grown coffee beans.

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