Coffee more fattening than a Big Mac?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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An innocent glass of latte macchiato… or liquid fat?

Did you know a large cup of Seattle’s Best Chocolate Coffee Crunch Javakula has 660 calories and 100 grams of sugar? That’s more than a Big Mac. That’s equal to three chocolate doughnuts.

Whoa! Okay, so maybe you don’t go bananas loading up your morning coffee with crumbs from half the pastry shelf, but still, all the extra goodies in that seemingly innocent perk-me-up could layer on the fat.

“The old days of buying a cup of coffee and putting a packet of sugar in it are far behind us,” said Jane Hurley, a senior nutritionist for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

In fact, half of American coffee drinkers are practically downing hot milkshakes every morning, with all the extra goodies like caramel and cookie crumbs thrown in.

If you want to avoid packing on the pounds from that delicious shot of caffeine, just order the smallest drink size available. It only takes a few sips to wake up, after all. Skip the whipped cream, forget the sugar, keep the milk to non-fat (okay, maybe 2% if you simply must), and only have  a cup every now and then!

Otherwise, that Mocha Grande just might end up as nasty as a fat old cheeseburger! And guess what? All that extra weight is going to make you feel tired more often. You’ll end up drinking more coffee. You’ll get fatter. You’ll get more tired… you see where this is going.

Image of latte courtesy of Mulo Emmanuel on Wikipedia.