coffee 6 Worst Coffee Drinks
I can’t live without coffee. I’ll admit it—if I’m addicted to anything, it’s caffeine. That’s not all bad.  Drinking coffee is  linked to a diminished risk of Alzheimer’s, better brain function, and even better memory. Coffee in its purest, blackest form is good for you.

Now the bad news: That mix of chocolate, whipped cream, egg nog, and mystery syrup in your cup is not coffee. And it’s definitely not good for you. ’Tis the season of gingerbread lattes and loaded hot chocolates!  If you’re not careful, you’ll look more like Santa than one of his elves come Christmas Day.

Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino
#6: Worst Chocolaty Coffee Drink

Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream (venti)
520 calories
23 g fat (14 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
350 mg sodium
68 g sugars

Talk about double trouble. Within this chocolate calamity lurks three-quarters of your recommended daily intake of saturated fat, and as much sugar as you’ll find in 10 Rainbow Popsicles! Slash your calorie intake by switching to skim milk and cutting out the whipped cream. Knock the size down to a grande, and switch from the frappe to an iced mocha, and you’re looking at a drink with 350 fewer calories than when you started. Make a switch like that every single day, and you’ll lose about 6 pounds in two months!

Drink This Instead!
Grande Iced Caffe Mocha with Skim Milk (No Whipped Cream)
170 calories
2.5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans)
80 mg sodium
26 g sugars

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Gingerbread latte
#5: Worst Seasonal Coffee Drink
Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Gingerbread Latte (large)
450 calories
12 g fat (7 g saturated)
290 mg sodium
68 g sugars

This holiday horror packs a whopping 68 grams of sugar (that’s as much as in three and a half Twinkies!) and almost a quarter of your daily calories. (Hope you weren’t planning to eat much today.) To enjoy the same chilly gingerbread coffee flavor, simply swap the latte for iced coffee and drop down a size. Suddenly, you’re looking at nearly half as much sugar and a far more digestible 270 calories.

Drink This Instead!
Iced Gingerbread Coffee with Cream (medium)
270 calories
9 g fat (5 g saturated)
90 mg sodium
36 g sugars

McDonald's Caramel Latte
#4: Worst Caramel-Flavored Coffee Drink
McDonald’s Caramel Latte with Whole Milk (large)
330 calories
9 g fat (5 g saturated)
210 mg sodium
51 g sugars

This caramel confection hides an unhealthy dose of sugar and an unnecessary amount of calories. But don’t blame the caramel flavoring entirely. Choose the flavored cappuccino instead for a fat-free, lower-calorie, lower-sugar alternative that will hit your sweet spot just the same. When given the choice, always opt for a cappuccino over a latte—they’re made with less milk than lattes, which means they’re lighter, with fewer calories.

Drink This Instead!
Caramel Cappuccino with Skim Milk (medium)
190 calories
0 g fat
150 mg sodium
41 g sugars

Double Oh! Arctic Mocha
#3: Worst  “Arctic” Coffee Drink

Cosi Double Oh! Arctic Mocha (12 oz)
434 calories
22 g fat (13 g saturated)
241 mg sodium
46 g sugars

This drink’s deliciousness is no excuse for its queasy dietary overload: as many calories as you’ll find in nine Chicken McNuggets, as much sugar as in three and a half bowls of Froot Loops, and as much saturated fat as in 13 strips of bacon. Get the same great taste with a quarter of the fat and 245 fewer calories by opting for an arctic latte instead. No need for all that superfluous chocolate—the latte is just as delicious without the extra baggage.

Drink This Instead!
Arctic Latte (12 oz)
189 calories
5 g fat (3 g saturated)
124 mg sodium
34 g sugars

White Hot Chocolate
#2: Worst Hot Chocolate Drink

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream (venti)
640 calories
28 g fat (19 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
330 mg sodium
60 g sugars

No one orders a hot chocolate and expects it to be anything but a dessert-like beverage. And certainly you should enjoy the occasional indulgence. But other times try this: Go with 2% milk and shave 50 calories. Cut the whip and trim another 70. Downsize to a grande and shed 120 more. Or swap to a cinnamon dulce latte, and cut out hundreds of calories while still indulging in a deliciously sweet treat!

Drink This Instead!
Cinnamon Dulce Latte (grande)
210 calories
0 g fat
135 mg sodium
39 g sugars

Lotta Caramel Latte
#1: The Worst Coffee Drink in America
Cold Stone Creamery Lotta Caramel Latte, Gotta Have It Size
1,790 calories
99 g fat (62 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
175 g sugars

It may be coffee-flavored, but this latte shake is virtually unrecognizable next to your typical morning cup of Joe. It’s simply a giant dessert drink disaster. This large shake has nearly a full day’s worth of calories, as much saturated fat as you’ll find in 62 strips of bacon, and you’ll exceed your daily limit of trans fats in the few minutes it takes you to drink it. Oh, did I mention the ridiculous sugar load? (44 spoonfuls!) If you want a sweet, caramel latte taste, opt for the actual caramel latte at Cold Stone, not the shake. You’ll cut more than 1,500 calories from your order!

Drink This Instead!
Lite Milk Caramel Latte, Love it Size
250 calories
2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
34 g sugars


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