Numerous food vendors on campus offer an extensive coffee beverage menu; the following are general tips for not going overboard when you need a quick pick-me-up.
• Best Options: Brewed Coffee, Cappuccino, Espresso, Cafe Americano, Cafe Latte, Iced Cafe Latte.
• Drinks to avoid: high-calorie options like blended coffee drinks or drinks with whipped cream.
• Drink Size: Consider ordering a small/tall drink. Half the coffee means half the sugars or flavorings.
• Milks: Ask for low-fat or skim milk (or soy milk) instead of whole milk in beverages.
• Flavored syrups: syrups like vanilla or hazelnut add 20 calories per pump to a drink (there are 1-5 pumps per drink), or better yet skip the syrup.
• Skip the Whip - whipped cream can add 70 calories and over 7 grams of saturated fat to your drink. You can ask for “No whip.”
Moderation is Best
A moderate amount of caffeine per day, approximately 300 milligrams, is relatively harmless for most people.Who should avoid or severely limit Caffeine?
• People with ulcers or who are prone to stomach stress• People who are hypersensitive to caffeine• Pregnant and nursing mothers
How can I reduce the caffeine in my diet?
• Drink decaffeinated coffee or mix it half and half with regular coffee.• Drink decaffeinated tea or caffeine-free herbal teas.• Brew tea for shorter amounts of time.• Read soft drink labels. Many citrus flavored sodas have more caffeine than colas.• Read medicine labels. One dose of over-the-counter medications can contain the equivalent of one to two cups of coffee.• Remember that tea and coffee contain substances that significantly reduce iron absorption if the beverage is drunk with the meal or up to one hour after the meal.
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