Will coffee make you gain weight?
A cup of coffee, You already know it has a caffeine boost to wake you up in the morning or get you moving again in the afternoon slump. But, among the many benefits you can get from that cherished cup of Joe, it's also high in antioxidants, which can help your heart health. Despite all of the benefits that coffee can provide, your coffee habit may be contributing to weight gain without your knowledge.
Sure, black coffee with a splash of milk is a healthier option that makes it easier to reap the benefits. That good-for-you cup of java quickly turns into a diet tragedy once you start ordering frappuccinos, lattes with whipped cream, and holiday drinks with candy canes, peppermint mocha, and pumpkin syrups. That's when your daily beverage starts to become less healthy.
"The American Heart Association recommends restricting added sugar to 24 grammes per day for women and 36 grammes per day for men," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. "However, some large-sized coffeehouse drinks can contain 80 grammes."
Bulletproof coffee, which is made with coconut oil, butter, or MCT oil, is popular among keto and paleo followers, but it is devoid of carbs. As a result, these coffee drinks are higher in fat and carbohydrates, which could lead to weight gain if those calories aren't factored in.
A high-calorie, sugary, and fattening coffee drink can replace a nutritious meal without providing necessary nutrients, and it can also cause blood sugar levels to spike, potentially increasing cravings later. And, if it's only a small amount, the lack of calories may lead to later overeating.
Another high-sugar item that's not helping you? According to Harris-Pincus, whipped cream. Whipped cream is nothing more than empty calories with no nutritional value. It's also a springboard for adding cocoa bits, drizzles, and other sweet toppings to the whipped cream coating.
Artificial sweeteners (think Splenda, Sweet N' Low, and Equal) may appear to be the ideal zero-calorie addition to your morning brew; however, when compared to those who do not use non-nutritive sweeteners, those who use artificial sweeteners are more likely to consume more calories and be at a higher risk of obesity.
When you order an almond milk latte or oat milk cappuccino at your local café, the baristas will almost always use the flavoured versions, which contain added sugars. Consumption of added sugars is linked to weight gain as well as an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It's best to limit yourself to a splash or make your own unsweetened oat milk latte at home.
Although the Whipped Coffee craze has swept social media, it isn't necessarily diet-friendly. That's something to keep in mind if you come across any viral coffee trends you want to try.