The Best & Worst Dunkin Donuts Coffee Orders For Weight Loss
Dunkin' Donuts was first opened in 1950 by Bill Rosenberg in Quincy, MA. Today Dunkin' has more than 11,300 locations worldwide with over 8,500 restaurants in 41 states across the U.S. and over 3,200 international restaurants across 36 countries.
If you're one of the more than 3 million daily customers stopping by DD's to get your java fix, consider these best and worst choices on the Dunkin' Donuts coffee menu before ordering.
The best hot coffee drinks:
Plain old coffee is the way to go at this on-the-go coffee shop. If you need a little sugar, add 1 to 2 teaspoons at 16 calories each. Based on the nutrition information, it appears that standard sugar is about 6.5 teaspoons – which means you're better off adding it in yourself.
Once again, a standard cup of coffee comes out on top. Mix it with almond milk and like the previous coffee choice, add your own sugar if you choose.
BEST: Hot Americano
This bevie is made from two shots of 100 percent Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso with hot water. The drink is rather rich in flavor for those needing an extra caffeine boost, but the calories are minimal. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar on your own if needed.
The simplest of choices tend to be the healthiest on this menu. It's also a way to add whole milk to your day in a modest amount.
BEST: Espresso (without sugar)
Espresso at Dunkin Donuts is made with Arabica beans which have a balance of sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate for a smooth and bold flavor. Unsweetened, the calories are minimal. If you choose to add sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons won't up the total calories too much at 16 calories each.
BEST: Espresso (with sugar)
If you're in such a rush that you don't even have time to stir in your sugar – the sweetened espresso is the way to go. Based on the nutrition information, Dunkin adds a little over 3 teaspoons of sugar into this hot toddy.
… And the Worst:
A latter is made with steamed, frothy milk, blended with ground and brewed espresso. Add the Cocoa Mocha flavor and you've got a meal in a cup that provides as much carbs as in 4 slices of bread.
A macchiato is made with creamy milk and topped with two shots of espresso. This bad boy has the equivalent amount of sugar as in over 11 teaspoons. If you need a macchiato, go for skim milk and skip the added flavor.
Think a little caramel is harmless to your hot cup of Joe? Check on the numbers on this one. You've got over 20 percent the daily recommended maximum of saturated fat and the equivalent of 13 teaspoons of sugar.
The Hazelnut Swirl flavor isn't any healthier than the Caramel Swirl. It provides similar nutritionals to the Caramel Swirl for saturated fat sugar and is just another latte to skip.
WORST: Vanilla Chai/Vanilla Spice
This creamy blend of vanilla flavor, spices, and steamed milk may sound healthy but is one of the highest calorie and carb-filled drinks on the menu. It provides over 30 percent the recommended daily amount of saturated fat and double the sugar than in a Hershey's chocolate bar.
Cappuccino is made with ground and brewed espresso beans and blended with steamed milk and topped with a thick layer of creamy foam. The calories come from some saturated fat and a boatload of carbs, specifically sugar. If you're craving a cappuccino, opt for one with skim milk and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar on your own.
The best iced coffee drinks:
This baby was created by steeping 100 percent Arabica beans in cold water for 12 hours to slowly extract the flavors. Without sugar, it's close to no calories—or anything else for that matter.
Many love waking up with this cold coffee on a hot morning. If you need it sweetened, add 1 to 2 packs of sugar (each is 1 teaspoon).
Iced macchiato is made with layers of creamy milk and two shots of espresso and served over ice. Made with a splash of skim milk is the way to go.
When it comes to iced coffee drinks, it can get tricky selecting the best drinks. If you want a more indulgent choice, without too many calories then combine the cold brew with some heavy cream. You can always ask for it on the lighter side for less saturated fat.
… And the Worst:
Those added flavors can surely sabotage a perfectly tasty beverage. The heavy cream adds a nice dose of artery-clogging saturated fat, while the caramel swirl flavors adds much of the 10 teaspoons of sugar in this baby.
Another example of how adding a flavor ups the added sugar! This time you've got an equivalent of over 14 teaspoons of sugar in this choice.
Although the whole milk adds protein to this beverage, you're still getting over 40 percent the daily recommended amount of saturated fat from both the milk and the flavoring. There are certainly better choices to order.
Once again, the added flavor boosts the carbs and sugar ridiculously high. This drink has the equivalent of close to 12 teaspoons of sugar.
The best frozen coffee drinks:
If you're really craving a frozen coffee, this selection is the best of them all. However, even 370 calories and 21 teaspoons of sugar isn't the healthiest. Either choose a small or share the medium with a friend.
The frozen coffee flavor seems to add the fewest calories – but is still not the best choice. Again, split with a friend or opt for a small size.
… And the Worst:
This beverage contains over 43 percent of the calories you need in one day (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). It also provides 77 percent of the daily recommended maximum of saturated fat and the equivalent of over 33 teaspoons of sugar. A definite one to skip on this menu.
Once again, adding flavor ups the calories by several hundred calories in this iced drink combo. It has the equivalent amount of sugar as close to 19 teaspoons of honey.