Healthy living * Weight loss

Iced coffee has 'as many calories as a hot meal'

do you want fries with that? Sugar, cream and full fat milk culprits

Hot summer mornings make the idea of an iced coffee the perfect start to the day - get your caffeine kick and cool down. But it seems you could also be getting as much as a quarter of your daily recommended calorie intake as well - according to a new report.

The World Cancer Research Fund analysed the contents of a number of popular iced coffee drinks from leading high street chains. They found that many of these drinks had very high calorie levels - with the worst offender containing 561 calories and the majority having over 200.

The Starbucks' Dark Berry Mocha Frappuccino large (or "venti") version had the highest number of calories at 561. A spokesman defended the product as it was only one of over 8,000 available variations sold by the chain.

It seems that it is the combination of sugar, cream and full fat milk that contributes to the high calorific value of many of these drinks.

WCRF said if was focussing on calorie levels because after smoking maintaining a healthy weight "is the most important thing you can do to help prevent cancer".

Indeed they recommend that people should be as lean as possible without being underweight.

They also recommend that if you do want to have one of these drinks, you should ask for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and take it without sugar. Fruit syrups and creams should also be avoided.

This article was published on Mon 27 July 2009



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