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Coffee is Not Created Equal: The Least Healthy Coffee Drinks You Can Buy

By Robin Aronson |

Back when my twins were first in a double stroller, when Bug-a-Boos were the province of Gwyneth and the front-to-back Phil & Teds were brand spanking new, the accessory I most deeply coveted when I saw moms pushing their single strollers was the coffee cup holder.  I cannot even begin to describe the shock and envy I felt the first time I saw a mom with her stroller in one hand, a phone in the other, and a steaming cup of Joe dangling safely from the stroller handle. Who knew? Before I had kids, I thought I needed a stroller that could fold.  What an innocent.

When it comes to pushing kids around on wheels, coffee is the fuel, the black gold, the elixir of energy and delight.  Iced coffee, hot coffee, medium coffee, gourmet coffee, even (for some, not me) flavored coffee. It’s all so good. Only it’s not all good for you.

Over at the Daily Beast, they put together a list of the 40 least healthy coffee drinks.  When it comes to drinking, it’s easy to forget that drinks have calories, but they do. Some have a lot.

In compiling their list, the Beast people found, “more than half of the coffee drinks that earned a spot on our list of the 40 most fattening have more calories and at least as much saturated fat as a McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger. The average drink on our list packs more than 17 teaspoons of sugar and more grams of carbohydrates than a typical bagel.”

I find that amazing.  Granted when you plop down over $5 for a vente mocha-gimme-some-chips-on-top, you really should know that those chips are the same as the ones that decorate ice cream sundaes. But somehow, when it comes in a cup, it feels like it’s different.  You’re drinking, not chewing, so why should you worry?  You should worry.  What’s the most fattening cup of coffee?  An “ice blended triple chocolate mocha” from It’s a Grind Coffee House. 1190 calories that baby delivers. Eleven hundred and ninety.

Seriously, I could see really wanting a little icey coffee surprise like that on a hot day, but with that calorie count, I’d rather have some coffee ice cream. It somehow feels more honest.

What about you? What’s your favorite coffee — or alternative — indulgence?

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0 thoughts on “Coffee is Not Created Equal: The Least Healthy Coffee Drinks You Can Buy

  1. ALittleShort says:

    I’m all about my black (as in NO cream or sugar) drip coffee that I make at home…Oh and I LOVE the starbucks holiday drinks…Please don’t tell me the calorie or sugar content on any of those because I don’t get them that often part because they are a limited thing, and part because I don’t go to starbucks all that often. I’m happy drinking my calorie packed “coffee” that tastes like Christmas :)

  2. Amy says:

    No surprises here, these are mostly whipped-cream topped mochas. I was afraid cafe au laits would make the list, because I usually “forget” to ask for low fat milk.

  3. goddess says:

    Like my coffee black. Easiest kind to refill, LOL!

  4. Laure68 says:

    On a day-to-day basis I love plain old black coffee that I make myself. However, I must admit that, as the weather gets colder, I do love a good Irish coffee. yum

  5. Andrea @ FoxInFlats says:

    OMG I’d take it with an intraveneous drip I’m that tired!

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  6. Heather says:

    I’m all about the latte with non-fat milk. The way I see it, it helps me stay awake and (yes, I know that caffeine reduces the body’s ability to absorb calcium but with that much milk some of it has to get through!) helps ward off the osteoporosis that runs in my family at the same time. Besides, what’s more luxurious to an exhausted mom than a hot, steaming, glorious sip of liquid heaven?

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