Caffeine fiends are being reminded that sweeteners in tea and coffee can significantly increase daily calorie intakes.
A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has analysed the impact adding sweeteners to coffee and tea has on people’s overall daily calorie intake.
The research looked at 12 years of data, ending in 2012, from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including information from a nationally representative sample of 13,185 adults who reported drinking coffee and 6,215 adults who reported drinking tea in the day prior to being surveyed.
The figures suggests that more than 51 per cent of American adults drink coffee and nearly 26 per cent drink tea on any given day, with roughly two-thirds of the coffee drinkers and one-third of the tea drinkers putting sugar, cream, flavourings or other calorie-rich additives in their drinks.
“Many people prefer drinking coffee and tea with sugar, cream, half-and-half or honey,” said Assistant Professor Ruopeng An. “These add-in items are often dense in energy and fat but low in nutritional value.”