Flavored coffees have been around for centuries, but have gained in popularity since the gourmet coffee boom of the 1990s. Over the last few decades, coffees of almost any flavor imaginable have been produced. Coffee beans are coated with the compounds of a given flavor to overpower the beans' original coffee taste, extending the shelf life of the coffee in the process.
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French vanilla is one of the most popular of coffee flavors. A french vanilla coffee can provide a sweet treat in the morning or afternoon as well as an accompaniment to a dessert. The calories in this coffee should not be forgotten when you are calculating your daily nutritional goals, especially when adding creamers and sugar to your cup.
A one cup serving of french vanilla coffee with no sugar added contains about five calories, according to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate If you're following a 2,000-calorie diet, this accounts for less than half a percent of the calories you should consume daily.
However, if you opt to use a regular coffee and add a french vanilla creamer to it instead, you're looking at 30 calories for every tablespoon of creamer used — plus the addition of 2.5 grams of fat and two grams of carbohydrates.
Many people put milk or sugar in their coffee, including french vanilla coffee, to enhance the taste. Adding one tablespoon of whole milk can add nine calories and one teaspoon of granulated sugar can add 16 calories, according to MyPlate.
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