McDonald's recently introduced its McCafe line, which includes premium roasted coffee, flavored lattes and fruit smoothies. McDonald's coffee is made from 100 percent Arabica beans obtained from all over the world. McDonald's iced coffee contains almost no nutrients unless light cream or vanilla syrup is added.
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Serving Size and Calories
A serving size for McDonald's iced coffee is 11.5 oz, which is considered medium. The coffee itself does not have any calories, fat, carbohydrate or protein. Adding light cream and vanilla syrup changes things, however. Adding light cream to your iced coffee provides an additional 90 calories, 70 of which are from fat. Adding vanilla syrup provides 100 calories. This makes your grand total 190 calories if you drink your iced coffee with light cream and vanilla syrup.
Fat and Cholesterol
There is no fat or cholesterol in plain iced coffee, black. Adding light cream to your iced coffee provides 8 g of fat, 5 g of which are from saturated fat sources, and 3 mg of cholesterol. This is a moderate amount of fat but a high amount of saturated fat. Saturated fat is the kind that can raise cholesterol levels and should be limited. Vanilla syrup is fat and cholesterol free.
Sodium and Protein
McDonald's iced coffee contains 10 mg of sodium, making it a very-low-sodium beverage. There is no sodium in light cream or vanilla syrup. This beverage contains no protein when taken black. Adding light cream provides 1 g of protein.
Carbohydrate, Fiber, and Sugar
There is no carbohydrate, fiber or sugar in McDonald's iced coffee when taken black. Adding light cream provides 2 g of carbohydrate, and adding vanilla syrup provides 27 g of carbohydrate. On a food label, carbohydrate is broken down into fiber, sugar and other starches. Macdonald's says all 27 g of carbohydrate in the vanilla syrup come from sugar. Overall, this is a low to moderate level of carbs and about the same amount of sugar as in a can of regular soda.
Vitamins and Minerals
McDonald's iced coffee provides a small amount of vitamin A if light cream is added, and the coffee and light cream both have a small amount of calcium. Neither level of these nutrients is significant.