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Dietician explains calories in sugary coffee beverages, compares them to Thanksgiving foods

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Peppermint Mocha averages 400 to 450 calories. (Starbucks website) Peppermint Mocha averages 400 to 450 calories. (Starbucks website)
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Eyewitness News looked into the coffee beverages that you buy each morning and compared them with a Thanksgiving dinner.

“They come with a lot of calories, a lot of sugar and a lot of fat. Equivalent to a dessert,” Wendy Kane, who is a registered dietician certified diabetes educator, said.

Kane is referring to three beverages, the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, the Dunkin Donuts Snickerdoodle Latte and the McDonald’s McCafe hot chocolate. She called them high calorie desserts.

"There are those individuals who may choose them two, three or four times a week and that adds up,” Kane said.

The drinks average between 400 to 450 calories per cup with 10-15 grams of fat and 50-60 grams of carbohydrates, which Kane said is relatively high in carbohydrates.

“That’s pretty comparable to a slice of say pecan pie or apple pie those pies tend to have more fat and more calories because of the of the crust and the nuts,” Kane said.

She compared the beverages to other holiday foods such as a cup of stuffing with half a cup of gravy or a cup green bean casserole with a half a cup of mashed potatoes.

However, Kane said there is some good news about these beverages.

“They all have a decent amount of protein because they are all latte beverages which means that they are mixing them,” Kane said.

Kane had some suggestions for repeat customers. She said you can transition from whole milk or 2% milk or skim, “which would lower the calories a little bit.” You can also see if the restaurant offers sugar free versions of the beverage. And finally, you can lessen pumps of sugary syrup.

“If you were going to have the Starbucks peppermint latte, you would have to run for 78 minutes at a ten minute per mile,” Kane said.

That’s about eight miles.

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