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Coffee Buck


A visit to the coffee shop is one of life's few remaining guilt-free pleasures. Or is it? Not at up to 600 calories per coffee, it is not. That's right: a coffee-shop beverage can load you with more calories than a dessert. For example, Starbucks' 24oz (680g) Caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream contains over 500 calories -more than many of their cakes and biscuits.

These speciality coffees served with whipped cream and syrupy flavourings are better thought of as desserts than drinks. Fine as an occasional treat but that is all. Frequent, unthinking visits to the coffee shop can affect your health and your waistline. And the problem is not confined to speciality shops like Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Local coffees served with lashings of condensed milk or beverage creamer can also pose a threat.

Fortunately the news is not all bad. By making informed choices you can cut down on the fat and calorific content of your beverages and allow yourself gloriously guilt-free visits to the coffee shop. When it comes to speciality coffees, the more indulgent a beverage sounds, the more likely it is to be loaded with calories and fat. The problem is not with the coffee itself. 

A cup of brewed coffee taken without milk or sugar contains no fat and only a small number of calories. The danger lies in the stuff that is added. A large cappuccino (espresso with steamed and foamed milk) contains about 7g of fat and 140 calories when whole milk is used. A latte (espresso with steamed milk) has 9g of fat and 210 calories. Mocha (espresso with cocoa and steamed milk) has 6g of fat and 260 calories.

Adding whipped cream to your beverage can pile on 100 extra calories or more. Syrupy flavourings like caramel, vanilla and raspberry add another 20. And with every teaspoon of sugar you stir in another 15 calories. It is worth pointing out that adding milk to your coffee is not necessarily a bad thing.

Milk is a great source of calcium, which not only builds strong bones but can also help prevent weight gain. Furthermore, milk takes up lots of room in your stomach, making you feel full and reducing your temptation to overeat. So milky coffees are OK, provided you request low-fat or skimmed milk, and take account of the extra calories.

How To Have A Healthier Cuppa

  • Request skimmed milk instead of full-fat. This can save you 80 calories on a large latte.

  • Choose small beverages instead of large ones. An 8oz drink contains only half the fat and calories of a 16oz. " If you are really watching your calories, order brewed coffee and add low-fat milk yourself.

  • Resist the indulgent extras: whipped cream, flavoured syrup, cookie bits. " Do not add sugar. If you must sweeten your drink, use a sugar substitute.

  • It is easy to be tempted by desserts while queuing for your coffee. But these are often loaded with calories (even the low-fat versions). It is OK to succumb occasionally, but do not make it a habit.

  • When you do indulge in a muffin or a slice of cheesecake, halve the fat and calories by sharing with a friend

Coffee Lover

Here's something you might not know about coffee-not only does it help keep you awake at night when that dreary midnight oil needs burning, a cuppa can also enhance another, more pleasurable nocturnal activity as well. Scientific evidence has linked caffeine with the improved sexual abilities in both men and women.

It works by stimulating your brain, heart and skeletal muscles-three vital body parts that are essential for steamy, bed-breaking action. Caffeine on brain cells improves your concentration and focus, reducing fatigue. It also affects skeletal muscle responses to improve athletic performance. Finally, caffeine can augment the pumping action of the heart, thus improving blood circulation ensuring that the rest of your body gets its dose of rejuvenating oxygen faster.

Historic Evidence

Coffee as an aphrodisiac isn't a new discovery by any means. In 1674, a Women's Petition Against Coffee was drawn up in London, claiming that the aromatic beverage kept men far too frisky in a time when women did not have household appliances to help them with their chores. This complaint was short-lived, of course, because the ladies soon found out for themselves what men found so enrapturing about coffee and they have since joined the coffee club themselves, drinking as much coffee as the next guy.

 

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