Can You Drink Your Coffee and Skip the Calories Too?

How often have you put down your coffee mug fearing the calorie laced drink that stared back at you? The phrase, “can’t live with it, it can’t live without it” rightly refers to coffee, especially if you’re a coffee lover. But what if we tell you that you can now drink your coffee without fearing the calories? Read on to find out the secret behind a low-calorie cuppa coffee.

Coffee in its simplest form contains few calories. You’d be surprised to know that a basic cup of brewed coffee contains only 2 calories. These two calories come from the minute amounts of proteins and monounsaturated oils in the coffee bean. So why has coffee often been criticised for being a calorie dense drink and where do these calories come from?

You can blame these unwanted calories on the extra flavouring and dressings that you add to your coffee. The added milk, sugar and cream that flavour your coffee are to be blamed for the extra calories.

Here’s the calories count for your coffee (via)

Brewed coffee (coffee beans + water) = 2 calories per cup
Add 1 tablespoon of fat-free milk = 5 calories
Add 1 tablespoon of whole milk = 9 calories
Add 1 tablespoon of sugar = 50 calories
Add 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream = 52 calories

Now that you know the calorie count, you can go ahead and indulge in your midmorning, midday and midevening coffee breaks. Just remember to stay away from high-calorie flavouring and practise moderation.

Healthy flavouring to give your coffee a delightful taste

If you’re not too fond of simple brewed coffee, try adding these low calorie flavourings to uplift your taste buds.

  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla or almond extracts
  • Fresh orange rind

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