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The Unhealthiest Coffee Drinks on Shelves

These caffeinated-favorites keep any morning from starting right.
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When you have to keep energy levels up in the afternoon or don't have time to grab your favorite latte during the early-morning commute, refrigerated coffee drinks provide the perfect pick-me-up for any situation that requires a caffeine boost. Unfortunately, some of these drinks hide some very unwholesome secrets and are certainly on the list of unhealthiest bottled coffee drinks on shelves.

Many store-bought coffees contain similar sugar counts to sodas and can throw off anyone looking to trim down their waist. Grocery stores offer up some of the worst contenders and trying to find a healthy coffee on store shelves feels like navigating a minefield. To help you reassess your caffeine options, we found the seven worst canned or bottled coffees you can find on store shelves and ranked them by how much sugar appears in one serving.

To stay fit and keep to your daily diet, read on to learn what unhealthiest coffee drinks can slow down any day. And for more grocery related news, be sure to read up on our list of 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.

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Dunkin' Donuts Iced Vanilla Coffee

dunkin vanilla iced coffee

Per 12 oz. serving: 60 calories, 0 g fat (0g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (0 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 1 g protein

When a major company has to move coffee across the nation, they probably pack their products with extra sugar to make the drink sell better. Dunkin' Donuts Iced Vanilla Coffee has become a store staple for this very reason—its eleven grams of sugar makes it appeal to even those who can't normally stomach coffee. The American Heart Association recommends that a person should not consume more than 36 grams of sugar a day, and even downing one of these drinks puts you dangerously close to your daily limit.

Whether you like to down a cup of black coffee or your favorite fancy latte, learn more about what happens to your body when you drink a cup of coffee.

6

Califia Farm's Mocha Nitro Latte with Oatmilk

califia farms latte oatmilk

Per 1 can: 120 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (0 g fiber, 12 g sugar), <1 g protein

Califia Farm's tempting Mocha Nitro Latte with Oat Milk seems like it would pack in the perfect amount of energy, but the drink's twelve grams of sugar should make any health-conscious drinker wary of the product. Nitro coffee could help you lose weight, but don't expect this product to deliver the same results.

Instead, why not whip up one of these 12 Tastiest Homemade Coffee Drinks From a Nutritionist?

5

High Brew Cold Brew Mexican Vanilla

high brew coffee

Per 1 can: 90 calories, 1 g fat , (0.5 g saturated fat) 50 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (0 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 2 g protein

On the surface, cold brew coffee seems pretty innocuous and in its purest form, it shouldn't have any more sugar than a cup of black coffee. Don't get fooled by brands flavoring their cold brew, as many products load up on the sugar in order to increase the appeal of the drink. High Brew Cold-Brew Mexican Vanilla Coffee finds itself in this very predicament, as it takes an innocuous drink and loads it up with sugar.

Instead, make it yourself! Here's How to Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home in 7 Easy Steps.

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Rise Brewing Cold Brew Coffee – Oat Milk Mocha

rise mocha cold brew

Per 1 can: 150 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 1 g protein

Oat milk took the coffee world by storm when it hit the scene. Since its rise in popularity nationwide, one would think that it offers a healthy alternative to regular dairy. While this milk has some benefits, this particular oat milk-fueled coffee won't help your weight loss goals. Rise Brewing's Oat Milk Mocha coffee contains a huge 15 grams of sugar, making it a no-go when you want a quick pick-me-up.

3

Cafe Bustello's Cafe Con Chocolate Iced Espresso Beverage

cafe con chocolate

140 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (2 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 5 g protein

Anytime you see a drink that advertises its chocolate flavor, approach the item with suspicion. Cafe Bustello's Cafe Con Chocolate proves this point by packing their canned coffee with 22 grams of sugar, making it one of the most unhealthy coffees on store shelves. Avoid this drink if you need to cut carbs out of your diet.

Think you're consuming too much caffeine? Here are 7 Warning Signs You're Drinking Too Much Coffee.

2

Bailey's Salted Carmamel Flavored Cold Brew Coffee

baileys salted caramel coffee

Per 1 can: 170 calories, 3.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (0 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 5 g protein

The Irish Cream giant Bailey's hit the market to compete against the top coffee brands with their Salted Caramel Flavored Cold Brew, but just like their signature alcoholic beverages, these coffees come loaded with fat and sugar. When you need to keep your weight down, the sugar alone in the drink could crash your diet for the week.

1

Starbucks Bottled Mocha Frappuccino

starbucks frappuccino

Per 1 bottle: 200 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (0 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 6 g protein

Frappuccinos have become synonymous with loads of unnecessary fat and sugar, and this bottled version lives up to the same standards as it's cafe counterpart. Starbucks' Bottled Mocha Frappuccino tops out at 31 grams of sugar, exceeding the recommended amount of sugar some should eat in a day. If you want to stay fit, avoid this drink at all costs.

Speaking of frappuccinos, here are 20 Weird Frappuccino Flavors Starbucks Has Offered Over the Years.

Erich Barganier
Erich Barganier is a health and food writer. Read more
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