When choosing which sweet treat to splurge on, consider Tim Hortons Iced Capp calories. When you order, you are given the choice of cream, 2 percent milk or 1 percent chocolate milk as the dairy base for this beverage.
Depending on the type of dairy you choose, the amounts of different nutrients vary significantly in the Iced Capp. Know the nutrition information of each type to assist you in enjoying the occasional treat best suited for your health and lifestyle.
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Tim Hortons Iced Capp Calories
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, individuals should limit their intake of discretionary calories from foods with high added fats and sugars, and alcohol. Calories are a measure of the amount of energy a food provides. Based on a typical 2,000-calorie diet, approximately 250 to 300 calories can be consumed in the form of discretionary foods, such as an Iced Capp.
For example, one medium-sized Iced Capp from Tim Horton's is 16 ounces. When you choose cream as the dairy base, the beverage provides a total of 430 calories, according to TimHortons.com. When opting for milk, the calories are much lower at 263. A medium-sized iced cap with chocolate milk as the base contains 280 calories.
As such, if you intend on enjoying an Iced Capp on any given day, choose a size with lower calorie content to help control your discretionary calorie intake. The Iced Capp can also be made with a soy milk base, for 255 calories.
Count the Carbs
Pay attention to carb content when reviewing the Iced Capp nutrition information. Depending on the type of dairy you add to your medium-sized Iced Capp, the beverage will contain approximately 54 to 61 grams of carbohydrates, with chocolate milk providing the most added sugars.
According to the National Academies of Sciences, carbohydrates should comprise 45 to 65 percent of your diet. Based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet, this equates to 225 to 325 grams of carbs per day. With these recommendations, the carbs in a medium-sized Iced Capp are close to 30 percent of your daily allowance.
According to the American Diabetes Association, the majority of your carbohydrate intake should come from fruits, vegetables and whole-grains. These foods contain fiber which aids in digestion and helps control blood sugar levels.
Customize to Control Fat
The amount of fat found in one medium Iced Capp with cream is very high at 22 grams in the 16-ounce serving. If you choose to enjoy the beverage with milk or chocolate milk, you cut 90 percent of fat out of the drink to 1 to 2 grams per 16-ounce serving.
The National Academies of Sciences recommends limiting total daily fat intake to less than 25 to 35 percent of your total calories each day, which is approximately 55 to 75 grams of fat based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Because you consume many other foods during the day that contain fat, opt for the Iced Capp with milk or chocolate milk to assist in controlling your daily fat intake.
Consider Protein Content
Dietary protein is important for the body to carry out many processes, including tissue growth and repair. Dairy products contain high quality milk proteins, however, the protein content in cream is much lower than that in milk and chocolate milk. For a medium Iced Capp made with cream, there are 3 grams of protein in the beverage. When this same beverage is made with milk or chocolate milk instead, the protein content is 4 grams.
According to the National Academies of Sciences, healthy women ages 19 and above need 46 grams of protein per day. Healthy men of the same age need 56 grams per day. Therefore, choose an Iced Capp made with milk in order to meet 7 to 9 percent of your daily protein needs.
Boost Your Calcium
Calcium is an important nutrient for the health of your bones and teeth, and for many important metabolic functions. The Office of Dietary Supplements recommends that individuals ages 19 to 70 consume approximately 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. When reading a nutrition facts label, the amount of calcium in the food is expressed as a percentage based on a reference value of 1,000 milligrams in a 2,000-calorie diet.
The amount of calcium in an Iced Capp varies depending on your choice of dairy. When you choose cream for the beverage, only 2 percent of your daily recommendation of calcium is provided. However, when you choose milk or chocolate milk, you are provided with 15 percent of your daily calcium requirements. For this reason, choose milk when enjoying your occasional Iced Capp.