How Much Sugar is in Your Coffee?


Are you one of the many people that can’t go without your daily coffee fix? The next time you order you may want to think twice. Hot flavored drinks from chains like Starbuck, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving. That is more than three times the recommended daily amount of sugar for adults. The American Heart Association’s daily recommended added sugar intake is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Two popular Starbucks drinks, the vanilla latte and caramel macchiato, contain more than eight teaspoons of sugar each. A medium Dunkin’ Donuts vanilla chai has over 11 teaspoons of sugar, while a hot macchiato includes 7 teaspoons, and a large mocha at McDonald’s contains 11 teaspoons of sugar. Below are a few alternatives to those sugary coffee drinks:

  • Coffee with milk and some vanilla extract for sweetness.
  • Tea with lemon
  • Water infused with fruit
  • Homemade smoothies
  • Homemade fruit and vegetable juices

These little changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle in the long run.


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