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The downside of an energy boost

Be careful what you order next time you make a coffee stop

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When you feel sleepy during the day, chances are you grab a cup of coffee, more often iced brew, to kill your drowsiness. But most of us don’t realise they gain more sugar and fat than caffeine from that cup. 

After learning of the rising trend of iced brew drinking among consumers in tropical countries like Thailand, Chalard Sue Magazine conducted a lab test on the nutrition of the popular drink. Iced cappuccino was chosen as the sample because it’s the most common brew in Thailand, and can be found at any coffee joint. The magazine picked 11 samples altogether —10 from famous brands and one from a roadside vendor.

The lab test unsurprisingly found an iced coffee a day can be an over-consumption not of caffeine, but of calories, fat and sugar. Daily energy intake for an adult generally shouldn’t exceed 2,000 calories. The recommended portion for a non-main meal is between 150 and 200 calories.

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