Sure, an average-sized cup of coffee is healthy. It’s low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants. Add a dollop or two of cream and a spoonful of sugar, and there are still no nutritional worries. But, once you start ordering any one of those flavored caffeine concoctions that they serve at every local coffee chain, you will begin to crossover into unhealthy territory. Here are some of the biggest offenders that you may find yourself tempted to order at the local cafe. Avoid this list of worst coffee drinks at all costs!
The Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte:
I can hear the basics sobbing right now. I hate to break it to you all, but this seasonal favorite doesn’t go easy on the calorie count. One 12-ounce Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte amounts to a whopping 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 38 grams of sugar, and an unbelievable 40 grams of carbohydrates. Who knew a cup so small could house so much garbage?
If you’d like a little bit of perspective on those numbers, I’ll break it down for you. The Pumpkin Spiced Latte yields more calories than a 6-piece chicken nugget meal at Mcdonald’s, more fat than 5 sticky Rice Krispy Treats, and about the same amount of sugar that you’d consume from a single can of soda.
The sad truth is that the vast majority of mochas and frappuccinos are just as detrimental to your health. A simple rule of thumb is: if the name sounds vaguely like a dessert, then you should probably skip it altogether.
The Starbucks Eggnog Latte:
Another rule of thumb: avoid all seasonal drinks in general. Yes, that means you’ll miss out on many Instagram and Snapchat worthy photo ops, but your body will thank you later! The Eggnog Latte from Starbucks contains 380 calories and 38 grams of sugar- not including the optional whipped cream (but we all know you want the whipped cream.)
Dunkin Donuts Sugar Cookie Latte:
The lattes really hold down the fort when it comes to being the worst coffee drinks for your health. The Sugar Cookie Latte from Dunkin Donuts, while only containing 230 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 35 grams of sugar, also contains many other less-than desirable products. Some of which include high fructose corn syrup, 4 artificial colors, and “sugar cookie swirl syrup.” What even is that?
The Krispy Kreme Mocha:
Yes, it’s clear that you probably aren’t going to a doughnut shop to be healthy, but this beverage holds 320 calories and 46 grams of sugary sweetness. That’s only the calories that the coffee contains, though; I won’t even mention the doughnut you’re bound to buy to dunk in the coffee!
The McDonald’s McCafe Mocha:
Just a small-sized McCafe Mocha yields about 340 calories and a whopping 42 grams of sugar. That will definitely provide you with the caffeine boost that you are surely looking tirelessly, but it will also result in a sugar crash. The small serving size holds twice the amount of sugar that the American Heart Association recommends for a full day.
Word of the wise: just stay away from the worst coffee drinks. Your body will thank you later!
Happy Cold Brewing!