The Nutrition Facts for a French Vanilla Cappuccino

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A frothy cup of cappuccino on a saucer. (Image: MartineDee/iStock/Getty Images)

A cappuccino is made with espresso, milk and foam. The drink can be served hot or cold and mixed with a variety of flavors. A French vanilla cappuccino is usually made with either a flavored powder or syrup. Specific nutrition facts may differ slightly, depending on where you purchase the drink or if you choose nonfat or regular milk.

Calories

A generic 16-oz French vanilla cappuccino contains 200 calories -- 108 of which are from fat. Moderately active men and women between the ages of 19 and 30 generally need about 2,600 and 2,100 calories each day, respectively, so a 16-oz French vanilla cappuccino provides between 8 and 10 percent of the typical man and woman's daily caloric needs. Calorie requirements may depend on activity level and age.

Fat

One 16-oz French vanilla cappuccino may contain 12 g of fat and 8 g of saturated fat. The body needs fat to protect organs, transport vitamins and provide energy, but too much of this nutrient may be detrimental to the cardiovascular system. Saturated fat, in particular, is related to increased blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease when consumed in excess. Adults should limit saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of their total caloric intake, according to the American Heart Association. This amounts to about 20 and 16 g for moderately active men and women between the ages of 19 and 30, respectively.

Carbohydrates

A 16-oz generic French vanilla cappuccino contains 50 g of carbohydrates. Of these 50 g, 46 g come from sugar. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, providing instant energy. Too much sugar in the diet, however, can cause weight gain and may increase the risk of diabetes. Most adults need between 225 and 325 g of carbohydrates a day, but the AHA recommends male and female adults limit daily sugar intake to 150 and 100 calories, or 37.5 and 25 g, respectively.

Protein

A French vanilla cappuccino contains 6 g of protein per 16-oz. serving. Most adults need about 50 to 175 g of protein each day to help promote new tissue growth and repair damaged tissue. Protein also helps maintain blood health.

Sodium

One 16-oz. serving of French vanilla cappuccino contains 200 mg of sodium. Sodium is a mineral, and the body needs small amounts of this substance each day to help promote fluid balance and regulate muscle contractions. High levels of sodium in the blood can elevate blood pressure, however, ultimately placing your cardiovascular system at risk. Most adults should strive to consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium each day, and those who have a history of heart disease should aim to limit sodium consumption to less than 1,500 mg each day.

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