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A cup of plain coffee has less than 5 calories and contains no fat.

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Coffee is a healthy drink if you consume it daily in moderation. Offers multiple short and long-term health benefits, from improving concentration, promote memory and your mood to lower your risks of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. However the sugar could counteract its benefits.

More calories

Research reveal that 67 percent of coffee drinkers in the United States consume on average about 70 calories more than those who do not drink coffee per day.

Isn’t coffee low in calories?

Black coffee does not contain significant amounts of macronutrients, fats, carbohydrates and proteins and therefore it is low in calories. Contains a series of micronutrients, in particular potassium, magnesium and niacin and your sodium level is very low, points out Coffee and Health.

A cup of plain coffee has less than 5 calories and it does not contain fat, ok Mayo Clinic.

The extra calories come mainly from fat and sugar. This load got there thanks to plugins like cream, sugar and sweeteners.

Many low-fat, non-dairy creamers are highly processed, with lots of added sugar and additives to improve taste and texture.

You affect its nutritional value

When you add milk, cream, sugar or other sweeteners, you increase its caloric content and affect its nutritional value. Milk adds protein, calcium, vitamin D and fat, but the other ingredients do not add no benefit and yes empty calories.

Extra calories to your coffee:

Sugar: 16 calories per 1 teaspoon (4 grams)

Cream thick shake: 101 calories per 2 tablespoons

Fat-free milk: 10 calories per 2 tablespoons

Beyond obesity

The problems caused by the consumption of added sugar They counteract the benefits that plain black coffee might give you.

The added sugar in addition to leaving you a few extra kilos and promoting obesity, also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the consumption of added sugar. No more than 100 calories per day (6 teaspoons of sugar) for women, and the men less than 150 calories per day (9 teaspoons).

Added sugar is not only in the tablespoons you add to coffee, it is also found in other beverages and foods; sodas, juices, muffins, yogurts, and flavored cereals are examples.

Other recommendations

Do not exceed the consumption of coffee. The maximum amount of caffeine within a moderate consumption is 400 mg, about 4 8-ounce cups of coffee. Exceeding the recommended intake can have unwanted effects such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and increased heart rate.

Filter your coffee. Unfiltered coffee, such as French press and Turkish coffees, contains diterpenes, substances that can raise bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.