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A Sneak Peek at Starbucks' Newest Drink: The Hazelnut Macchiato Slideshow

A Sneak Peek at Starbucks' Newest Drink: The Hazelnut Macchiato Slideshow

Jane Bruce

Whether you order your drink with skim, full-fat, 2 percent, or soy, the milk is what provides that "thick, velvety, meringue"-like base of the macchiato. So its all about aerating the milk. Once the milk is steamed to get that nice foamy head on top, its ready for the espresso and drizzle.

Step 1: The Milk

Jane Bruce

Whether you order your drink with skim, full-fat, 2 percent, or soy, the milk is what provides that "thick, velvety, meringue"-like base of the macchiato. Once the milk is steamed to get that nice foamy head on top, its ready for the espresso and drizzle.

Step 2: The Syrup

Jane Bruce

Surprisingly, its not the hazelnut syrup that gets pumped into the drink its the vanilla syrup that you find in your lattes. Thats what gives the drink its sweet flavor from the get-go. Two pumps of vanilla go into a tall-sized macchiato.

Step 3: Milk + Syrup

Jane Bruce

The milk gets poured into the vanilla-filled cup with that thick foamy head.

Step 4: The Espresso

Jane Bruce

Once the milk and syrup are in the cup, its time to "mark" the drink hence the name of the macchiato. Usually, you add the espresso first in the cup, Nieves explains, but in a macchiato, its added after the milk. Youll see the two marks from the espresso shots poured into the milk.

Step 5: The Drizzle

Jane Bruce

It’s time for that hazelnut "sauce" that gets put on top (not called syrup, so it won’t get confused with the syrup that acts as the base of the drink.) And while you might think that your baristas are haphazardly drizzling the sauce on top, not so — Nieves slowed down the drizzle process to show that it’s seven "crisscrosses" in each direction (almost like a tic-tac-toe game), and then topped with two full circular sweeps of the cup. Let’s just say, your baristas are pros at the crisscross-circle-swoop.

The Final Drink

Jane Bruce

The result? A sip of the great milky foam, a touch of hazelnut, a kick of espresso, and a sweet bottom layer of vanilla, Nieves says. "The macchiatos are very layered drinks," he says. "So youre getting a mixture of flavors as you drink it."

The Iced Hazelnut Macchiato and the Hazelnut Frappuccino

Jane Bruce

Of course, your new favorite drink can also be made into an iced macchiato, too. An iced tall hazelnut macchiato starts with the vanilla, is topped with a scoop of ice, and is finished with the milk, espresso, and hazelnut sauce. (Theres nothing like watching that sauce drip down the side of the cup, too.) And yes, Frappuccino fans can get the frap-treatment of the hazelnut macchiato, too.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


Don't be a latte fatty - the awful truth about your daily caffeine hit

Whether you prefer skinny or whipped, with an extra shot of caffeine or a pump of syrup, your favourite beverage probably contains more calories, fat and sugar than you imagine.

Britons once favoured plain coffee or tea, but we've developed a love of gourmet drinks such as lattes and spiced teas - all bad news for our waistlines.

A recent report in The Journal Of The American Dietetic Association revealed that non-alcoholic beverages account for almost one quarter of Americans' calorie intake and half of all their added sugar. Figures, experts say, are much the same in the UK.

The American nutritional advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now says anyone who feels virtuous for grabbing a Starbucks latte, rather than something from McDonald's, is misguided.

"Most people wouldn't consider packing in a quarter-pounder between breakfast and lunch," says the centre's nutritionist, Jayne Hurley.

"But it's perfectly possible to get more than 500 calories in a Starbucks drink.

"Many people assume that drinks are not calorific, but some contain huge amounts of calories and fat," says Bridget Aisbitt, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.

"Some of the fashionable gourmet teas and coffees have the same number of calories as a small meal and should be drunk infrequently and with caution."

All figures given here are based on averages in drinks made from whole milk (where relevant) from High Street coffee chains.

What is it: 1-2 shots of espresso with steamed milk.

Calories: Small, 200 large, 341.

Fat: Small, 10.6g (6.6 saturated) large, 17.9g (11.2 saturated).

Verdict: Surprisingly unhealthy. A large latte contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add a vanilla shot and you 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equivalent to ten rashers of bacon.

How to make it healthier:

Stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latte drop to 160, reduce saturated fat to zero and still provide a healthy dose (450mg) of calcium. Soya milk contains 50 calories more per large serving, but is still healthier than whole milk.

What is it: A mix of steamed and foamed milk added to an espresso shot.

Calories: Small, 122 large, 207.

Fat: Small, 6.4g (4g saturated) large, 10.7g (6.7g saturated).

Verdict: Better than lattes. But, with 6.7g of arteryclogging saturated fat in a large mug, it's hardly healthy.

How to make it healthier: Ask for skimmed milk. This will remove the fat and cut the calories to 129 in a large drink (76 in a small). Sprinkle on cinnamon instead of chocolate.

What is it: 2-3 espresso shots topped with water, and optional milk.

Calories: Small, 11 large, 23 (more with milk and sugar).

Fat: None (unless you add milk).

Verdict: Most people add milk, but to cut calories make sure it is skimmed. A few studies suggest that a high intake of caffeine promotes the leeching of calcium from bones, but the National Osteoporosis Foundation says adding milk will offset any such risk.

How to make it healthier: Avoid full-fat milk and sugar. Better still, take it black.

What is it: Coffee and water.

Calories: Single, 6 double, 11.

Verdict: If you don't add sugar (10 calories per sachet), this is the lowest-calorie coffee. Consuming more than 5-6 cups a day is not recommended by doctors or nutritionists, but a strong black coffee 1-2 hours prior to exercise has been shown to be beneficial.

Substances in caffeine trigger the release of fats into the bloodstream during activity, enabling the body to use fat as its primary energy source, say researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport. You will also burn up the fat faster.

How to make it healthier:

A macchiato (espresso with foamed milk) provides some calcium and not many more calories (there are only 20 in a double shot drink). But avoid caramel and other flavoured macchiatos - a large one has 390 calories and 17.4g of fat.

HOT CHOCOLATE

What is it: Chocolate drunk with whole milk, often topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 357 large, 549.

Fat: Small, 18.7g (10.7g saturated) large, 27g (15.2g).

Verdict: A large cup has the calories and fat content of three hot dogs, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Worse is a large, white, hot chocolate containing a whopping 719 calories and 33.4g of fat.

Be wary of fast-food chains that make hot chocolates not with milk, but with a mix of sugar and non-dairy creamer (containing the unhealthy partially hydrogenated soybean oil and more sugar).

How to make it healthier: Go for a small, no-whip, skinny hot chocolate to drop your calories to 209.

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO

What is it: A blended creme drink made from a coffee-free mix of sugar, syrup, milk and ice, possibly topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 344 large, 530.

Fat: Small, 12.5g (7g saturated) large, 18g (9.9g saturated).

Verdict: Blended cremes are a mix of sugar, milk and ice and contain just 190 calories in a small cup. But, the addition of syrups, such as banana and chocolate, turn them into a dieter's disaster. You'd be better off with a small pizza.

How to make it healthier: Skip the whipped cream to save 94 calories (131 in a large frappuccino). Choose a small, low-fat coffee frappuccino with no cream - just 119 calories.

What is it: Three-quarters steamed milk, 3-4 pumps of chocolate sauce and 2-3 shots of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Calories: Small, 255 large, 484.

Fat: Small, 9.3g (5.4g saturated) large, 25.3g (14.3g saturated).

Verdict: Very fatty. This is sweetened with a massive 41g of sugar in a large cup. Things could be worse: a large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 628 calories and 28.9g of fat.

How to make it healthier: Order a small skinny (skimmed milk), no-whip (without cream) dark mocha and your calorie count drops to 175.

CHAI TEA LATTE

What is it: A spiced tea mixed with whole milk and honey.

Calories: Small, 210 large, 362.

Fat: Small, 5.3g (3.3g saturated) large, 9.2g (5.7 saturated).

Verdict: Though it sounds healthier than coffee (tea has antioxidants), whole milk and honey bumps up calories and fat. A large drink is more calorific than a cheese sandwich.

How to make it healthier: Choose a milk-free iced tea (black or green) for just 80 calories and no saturated fat. A sugar-free black tea is better still. It is fat-free and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Five ways to cut down the calories

It's not all bad news - coffee has been shown to have several health benefits. Caffeine is thought to prevent memory loss in old age and can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the Netherlands analysed cognitive decline in elderly men and found it to be four times greater in non-coffee drinkers than in those who drank three cups a day.

Here's how to make your daily cup healthier.

1 Ask for skimmed, non-fat milk (known as a 'skinny').

2 Skip the whip: Whipped cream adds 80-120 calories and 7g of bad fat.

3 Sugar (10 calories per sachet) and syrups (70 calories per shot) bumps up your total. Ask for sugar-free syrups made with artificial sweeteners.

4 Low-fat milky drinks are a good choice as they contribute around 200mg of calcium to the recommended daily total of 800-1,000mg. The best sources include a skimmed milk latte (320mg of calcium) and a skimmed café mocha (277mg calcium).

5 Avoid adding sugary toppings to your coffee. Chocolate and caramel add between 6 and 15 calories.


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