In addition to workplaces and convenience stores, vending machines have even popped up at the corner gas station. Before indulging in that fragrant, addictive French Vanilla cappuccino, know what's coming out of that spigot into your 6- or 8-oz. cup.
Sugar is the first ingredient listed in one popular coffee's brew; corn syrup is added to intensify sweetness. Corn maltodextrin and hydrogenated coconut or palm oil and soybean oil give the brew its body. All of these ingredients are listed before coffee and powdered milk. Salt, natural and artificial flavors, cocoa processed with alkali, cellulose gum, casein and sodium aluminosilicate blend in to provide taste.
Calories, Fats and Sugars
Vending machine French Vanilla mixes range between 90 calories per serving for "fat-free" varieties to 110 calories for "premium" standard blends. Two major brands contained from 15 to 19 g of sugar per serving, and standard varieties contained several grams of fat – coconut and palm oils are both saturated fats.
Preservatives provide some phosphorus, potassium and 100 to 140 mg of sodium. Fat-free blends contained about 16 g of carbohydrates, while standard blends contained as much as 21 g of carbohydrates.