Keurig -- their name is from the Dutch word for "excellence" -- came up with a great idea for coffee lovers everywhere, the single-serve cup. Their patented process allows you to choose a different gourmet flavor coffee for every cup without having the bother of making a whole pot of coffee. Keurig individual K-Cups come in a variety of brands, brews and flavors, including more than 200 types of regular coffee, latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate and iced beverages.
Most of the calories in any coffee, including Keurig coffee, come from the additives you use. For example, one individual K-Cup of Coffee People's X-Bold Donut Shop Coffee taken black in a 10 oz. cup has only two calories, according to MyFitnessPal. Add 1 tsp. sugar and 1 tbsp. half-and-half and a 10 oz. cup of Keurig regular coffee has 36 calories. One K-Cup of Green Mountain Coffee's French Vanilla Cappuccino has 160 calories. If you eat a typical diet of 2,000 calories per day, a cup of Keurig coffee provides less than 1 percent to 8 percent of your daily calories.
Again, all the fat in your cup of coffee comes from the additives. One 10 oz. cup of Keurig's Coffee People Donut Shop X-Bold contains no fat, but with 1 tbsp. half-and-half and 1 tsp. sugar, it has 2 g total fat with 1 g saturated fat. An 8 oz. cup of Keurig's Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Cappuccino contains 5 g total fat and 3 g trans fat. MayoClinic.com advises that you limit your intake of saturated and trans fats to less than 10 percent and 1 percent of your daily calories, respectively, to reduce your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease.
Carbohydrates and Sugar
Although there are no carbohydrates in a 10 oz. cup of Keurig's Coffee People Donut Shop X-Bold Coffee taken black, it contains 1 g of carbohydrate when you add 1 tsp. sugar and 1 tbsp. half-and-half. Sweetened, flavored coffees contain the most sugar; one 8 oz. cup of Keurig's Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Cappuccino contains 28 g of carbohydrates with 21 g of sugar. To avoid tooth decay, weight gain and heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends women get no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar and men get no more than 150 calories per day.
One 10 oz.cup of black Keurig's Coffee People X-Bold Donut Shop Coffee contains no sodium; with 1 tbsp. half-and-half and 1 tsp. sugar, it has only 12 mg sodium. An 8 oz. serving of Keurig's Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Cappuccino contains 160 mg of sodium. You need very little sodium each day. MayoClinic.com recommends having no more than 2,300 mg in your diet daily, which is less than a teaspoonful, to decrease your chance of developing high blood pressure and stroke.
- MyFitnessPal: Keurig Coffee People Donut Shop X-Bold Coffee Nutrition Facts
- MyFitnessPal: Keurig Coffee With 1 Tbsp. Half-and-Half and 1 Tsp. Sugar Nutrition Facts
- MyFitnessPal: Keurig Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Cappuccino Nutrition Facts
- American Heart Association: Sugars and Carbohydrates