Are you one of the 160 million-plus people in the U.S. who drinks coffee or tea on a egular basis? Do you also flavor your beverage with sugar, cream, flavored syrups, or other calorie-laden additives? Well, I have bad news for you. A new study, conducted by the University of Illinois, reveals how much Americans are increasing their caloric intake when they add sweeteners and creamers to their beverages.
What the Data Tells Us
Drinking coffee black results in 69 fewer total calories per day, on average, than mixing it with caloric add-ins. More than 60% of the additional calories come from sugar. The rest of the added calories comes from the rich, fatty creamers. As for tea drinkers, additives can, on average, increase the daily caloric intake by 43% or more; most of the added calories – about 85% – come from sugar. However, most tea drinkers tend to avoid additives.Though small increases, consuming more calories than necessary ultimately adds to extra pounds. Ruopeng An says, “Our findings indicate that a lot of coffee and tea drinkers regularly use caloric add-ins to improve the flavor of their beverages, but possibly without fully realizing or taking into consideration its caloric and nutritional implications.”
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