A while back I posted a “Which is Healthier? (Cookout Edition),” and had so much fun in doing so that I decided to share a Coffee Shop edition in celebration of the beginning of October.
Latte vs. Cappuccino
They deliver the same caffeine jolt, but a latte has almost double the calories and fat of a cappuccino. THe difference is in how they’re made: Lattes are almost entirely milk, while cappuccinos have equal parts milk and steamed foam.
Cream Cheese vs. Butter
Butter contains twice the calories and fat of cream cheese. The only hitch: Cafe workers tend to be heavy-handed when slathering a bagel with cream cheese. Ask for it on the side so you have better control over the portion-or scrape some off.
*Tip: If you oder a flavored bagel, like blueberry, cinnamon raisin, or some other tasty flavor, you won’t need the extra cream cheese, butter, or other spreads.
Winner: Cream Cheese
Cake Doughnut vs. Yeast Doughnut
A cake doughnut seems fattier because it’s denser, but it actually isn’t. Both types are made from the same basic ingredients (flour, sugar, milk, eggs), so they’re similar nutritionally; they just have different leavening agents. The damage really depends on the extras: Adding a glaze or a cream filling tacks on at least 50 calories.
Winner: It’s a draw.
Dark Roast Coffee vs. Light Roast Coffee
There’s a common misconception that dark roast is s”stronger” and therefore more caffeinated, but light roast actually gives you more of a buzz. Experts are still debating which brew has more antioxidants: Some studies have found that the roasting process for dark coffee boosts its antioxidant count, while others report that greener, lighter beans have more antioxidants.
Winner: It’s a draw
Happy Fall Y’all! … I can’t believe I just said “Y’all.”