Have you ever wondered about the calorie count in your everyday cup of coffee?
Since coffee forms an integral part of most people’s everyday lives, it’s logical to wonder how it fits into your daily nutrition totals and whether or not it counts as food. These questions become even more relevant if you’re following specific diets and can’t fathom giving up your morning caffeine fix.
One case where this matters is for those interested in starting intermittent fasting, otherwise known as IF. Intermittent fasters typically fast for sixteen hours and eat during the remaining eight, which means that coffee time generally falls during the fasting period. This beverage is incredibly low calorie, but is it permitted during fasting hours?
Coffee’s calorie count is something anyone trying to lose weight should be aware of, too. And what about the keto diet? Do those who live their life in ketosis need to forego coffee? To help clarify these questions, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about the calories in coffee and help you figure out whether or not it’s IF, keto, and diet friendly.
Does caffeine provide dietary benefits?
Before we talk about the calories in coffee, let’s talk a little bit about whether or not caffeine has many health benefits that make it worth consuming. You may have heard some negative things about caffeine that make you wonder if it has a place in your life, but we’ve got good news for you coffee lovers: caffeine consumption has some pretty clear associated benefits.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that increases energy levels. It helps us maintain focus, alertness, and keeps our nervous system active. Caffeine favors antioxidant activity, diminishes mental fatigue, and has been shown to have some analgesic effects. It also contains chlorogenic acid, which slows down glucose production and production of new fat cells.
Dieters will be happy to know that caffeine may reduce hunger signals while at the same time promoting physical performance. It’s a metabolic enhancer, meaning it’s good for weight loss. As a diuretic, it makes us urinate more, helping us to eliminate water weight (though these effects are temporary).
So if you’re wondering whether or not to eliminate caffeine from your diet because of a lack of health benefits, there’s absolutely no reason to remove it if you enjoy drinking coffee. As long as you’re consuming it in healthy quantities, and without a ton of added stuff, which we’ll get to in a minute, it’s beneficial.
How many calories are there in coffee?
Now that we know that coffee provides many health benefits, let’s get down to the question you came here to answer: how many calories are there in coffee? Those drinking coffee for weight loss will be happy to know that there are fewer than five calories in black coffee. The actual number depends on how you brew it.
Though it won’t make a significant impact on your diet in the long run, it’s interesting to note that black coffee brewed from espresso beans contains two calories, one fluid ounce of espresso has one calorie, and decaf has no calories. You could have several cups of coffee per day with no real negative impact on your daily calorie intake.
Curious to know what the least caloric coffee drink you can order at a coffee shop is (besides black coffee or espresso)? The winner of that tile would be the Americano, which is just a simple shot of espresso and water.
And one last thing dieters will be happy to know is that coffee has no fat.
Is your coffee sabotaging your diet?
When we talk about coffee having very few calories, you may have noticed that we’re only talking about black coffee. Black coffee is an acquired taste, and not everyone likes it. If you’re like most people, you might need a little something extra to even out the bitter taste of caffeine.
Unfortunately, some of the ingredients that make coffee more palatable also pack a huge calorie punch. Here are some standard extras that increase your cup of coffee’s calorie count per tablespoon:
- Sugar: 48 calories
- Half and half: 20 calories
- Whole milk: 9 calories
- Heavy whipping cream: 52 calories
These are just a few examples of coffee extras that pack on the calories. All it takes is a glance at Starbucks’ nutrition information to see how caloric coffee beverages can be. And though these calorie counts may not seem like much, if you’re having multiple cups of coffee per day, they begin to add up.
The takeaway? While black coffee itself is low calorie and it would be difficult to sabotage your diet even if you were drinking cups and cups every day, what you put in it may be derailing your diet without you realizing.
Are there carbs in coffee?
Those that follow the keto diet have a different concern, which is how many carbs are in coffee. Keto followers will be pleased to know that there is no significant amount of carbs in black coffee. You can drink it as you usually would, making everyone’s favorite morning beverage completely keto friendly. A recent study even found that caffeine upregulates ketosis in humans.
What’s more, is that many a keto coffee lover has been known to use their coffee as a way of increasing their fat intake. You can add things like whipping cream, coconut oil, or butter—yes, we said butter—to your morning cup of joe.
While the few carbs in coffee won’t throw you out of ketosis, be mindful of what you put in it because coffee extras can sabotage your keto efforts—coffee creamer, we’re looking at you.
There are often a surprising number of carbs in coffee creamer, which is why we recommend reading nutrition labels carefully and doing your research before buying one to find a keto-friendly coffee creamer you like.
Can you have coffee before breaking your fast?
Now to the question those who follow IF are dying to know: does intermittent fasting allow you to have your morning cup of coffee, or is coffee relegated to the non-fasted window of your day?
We’ve got good news on that front, too: coffee is perfectly fine to have during your fasted hours. Having coffee during these hours may even be beneficial at suppressing hunger. There is one caveat, which you’ve probably already guessed: black coffee is fine (you can also add a dash of milk if you need to), but forget about things like lattes and cappuccinos.
The general guideline is that your body will stay in a fasted state if you drink something that has less than fifty calories, so make sure that splash of coffee is just that—a splash. If you’re transitioning to IF and don’t already drink black coffee, you should start reducing the amount of milk in your coffee little by little.
Can coffee help you lose weight?
We touched a bit upon the weight loss benefits of coffee earlier, but we wanted to take a closer look at what those are—specifically one recent study with exciting implications for coffee’s effect on weight loss.
New research suggests that coffee can stimulate brown fat. Brown fat’s purpose in our body is to generate heat. It keeps us warm by burning calories, unlike white fat, which stores calories our bodies haven’t burned. The study provides evidence that having coffee promotes this brown fat to generate heat, much the same way exercise or quality sleep does.
We already mentioned the appetite-suppressing effect of caffeine and the performance benefits it may have at the gym, but this new finding bodes well for dieters looking to use coffee to support weight loss.
Elevate your morning cup of coffee with nootropics
You already know that coffee has myriad health benefits and that it’s appropriate for special diets like intermittent fasting, keto, and general weight loss. But what you might not know is that switching to Noocaf smart coffee can help you get even more out of your daily cup of joe.
What is Noocaf?
Noocaf is high quality coffee that contains nootropics, which are natural substances known to improve cognitive function in healthy adults. They can help improve memory, focus, creativity, productivity, and some can even help you manage stress better. Noocaf contains two highly popular nootropics: caffeine and L-Theanine.
The undeniable benefits of Noocaf
If you’re ready to get more than just the standard health benefits from your coffee, a smart coffee like Noocaf is packed full of ingredients that support brain health. Aside from caffeine, Noocaf includes:
- Alpha GPC
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
All of these ingredients work to give you the energy boost you need in the morning for improved functioning, but with no jitters or anxiety. And Noocaf is especially appealing to anyone on a diet because it has zero calories. Noocaf fits in perfectly for high performance and focused calm, no matter what your dietary needs are.