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Coffee is a healthy drink when enjoyed in moderation. It is stimulating and it’s full of antioxidants. According to Mayo Clinic, a cup of plain coffee is less than 5 calories and contains no fat. By itself it is not a drink that contributes to your weight gain.
Some studies even reveal that drink four cups of coffee a day can provoke a modest loss of body fat. This may be because the caffeine in coffee increases the drinker’s metabolism, which can burn more calories and cause a decrease in body fat.
Your coffee could see its benefits diminish and even favor your weight gain if you take it in any of these 5 ways:
1. You add sugar
Research reveals that 67 percent of coffee drinkers in the United States consume on average about 70 calories more than non-coffee drinkers per day. The extra calories come mainly from fat and sugar.
In 1 tsp (4 grams) of sugar there are 16 calories. If you add 4 tablespoons per cup and drink 4 cups a day, you are adding more than 250 calories a day.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting your consumption of added sugar. No more than 100 calories per day (6 teaspoons of sugar) for women, and less than 150 calories per day (9 teaspoons) for men.
2. You add artificial and low-fat creams
Non-dairy, low-fat coffee creamers are also not the best for your coffee or your weight. I know they process a lot, they have a lot added sugar and additives to improve flavor and texture.
If you like to dilute your coffee a bit, instead of a non-dairy creamer, considers add some whole cream or milk. There are 10 calories per 2 tablespoons of nonfat milk.
3. You add whipped cream
Whipped cream also has added sugar and is excess calories. In just 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream there are 101 calories.
4. You add artificial sweeteners
The sweeteners artificial or natural can make your coffee sweet and low calorie, but they would not be the best option. These sweeteners they can make you overeat.
The human brain responds to sweetness with signs of eating more. By providing a sweet taste with no calories, low calorie sweeteners can make we want more sweet food and drink, which can add up to excess calories, according to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).
5. You consume it with syrups
Flavored syrups usually have a large amount of added sugar that your body doesn’t need. For example, an ounce Monin vanilla syrup has 23 grams of sugar, which is almost 6 teaspoons.
If you want a healthy coffee, preferably consume without sugar and if you want to sweeten, add spices. Enjoy a maximum amount of 400 mg of caffeine, approximately 4 8-ounce cups of coffee, as suggested by the United States Dietary Guidelines.
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