So many of us enjoy the occasional ‘posh’ coffee from one of those well-known cafes but have you noticed how the occasional one can become more frequent and soon they become a habitual daily event? I’m finding a link with those clients who eat the Slim for Good way during the day but also enjoy their decaf lattes/cappuccinos. The link is they get strong cravings in the evenings for carbohydrates/sugar/alcohol. This can make weight loss challenging as we tend to have less willpower later in the day.
So, let me share with you how much sugar is in a small coffee so that you have the facts and can then choose the best option for you:
Latte Whole Milk 9 grams (2 1/4 teaspoons) and if you think Skimmed Milk would make a difference, well not really 8.8 grams (so just under 2 1/4 teaspoons)
Cappuccino Whole Milk 9.6 grams (almost 2 1/2 teaspoons)
Soya Latte 5.1 grams (1 1/4 teaspoons)
Soya Cappuccino 5.5 grams (just under 1 1/2 teaspoons)
American and Milk 1.3 grams (1/3rd of a teaspoon)
Definitely avoid these:
Chai Latte 17.8 grams (4 1/2 teaspoons)
Mocha Latte 25.9 grams (6 1/2 teaspoons)
Some are now offering Almond and Coconut Milk so I thought I would just share how much sugar they contain in 100ml
Alpro Almond Original 2.4 grams (just over 1/2 teaspoon)
Alpro Almond (unsweetened) 0.1 gram – not worth mentioning!
Alpro Coconut 1.9 gram (just under 1/2 teaspoon)
Adults recommended daily intake of added sugar is 6 teaspoons (Women) and 9 teaspoons (Men). So, food for thought. A couple of tips to help avoid these cravings are:
- Swap to the lower sugar options
- Enjoy with food (protein not cake!) to slow the release of the sugar into the bloodstream and avoid a blood sugar spike (high insulin release)
Let’s work together to overcome sugar/alcohol cravings. If this is a concern for you please view the website and the 14 days beat sugar/alcohol cravings programme. This is so challenging to do alone and we can support you wherever you are.