Coffee is a popular drink and as consumers have realised, it confers a range of health benefits for the health conscious too. On top of keeping you awake, coffee is known to contain a variety of antioxidants, increases your metabolism and is protective against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
New diets like keto and intermittent fasting have gained popularity in recent years. If you’re thinking of changing your lifestyle habits and wondering if you’ll need to change your coffee intake and preferences, this quick article aims to help you make a better decision.
So, how many calories are there in a cup of black coffee, and how about the cup of kopi o kosong? Here, I compile the facts and several more:
How Much Calories in Black Coffee?
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, WebMD and Healthline, a cup of black coffee brewed from ground beans contains 2 calories (or 2 kcal). And if you’re brewing a cup of black coffee from decaf coffee beans, your cup of black decaf coffee contains 0 calories.
Well, because a cup of black coffee consists mostly of water.
But, the narrative shifts if you like to add sugar or milk into your coffee. Depending on the type of coffee you prefer, the amount of calories changes accordingly. For example, 1 teaspoon of white sugar adds about 20 kcal to your drink.
For a quick reference:
|Type of Coffee||Calories|
|Black Coffee (no sugar added)||2 kcal|
|Café Latte||155 kcal|
|Ice Blended Mocha||203 kcal|
How Much Calories in Kopi O Kosong?
A cup of Kopi O Kosong contains about 15 kcal of calories.
Although HealthHub.SG states that a cup of Kopi O Kosong contains 0 calories, we know that the beans used to brew kopi o kosong are usually roasted in margarine and sugar and may include additives like corn. And in theory, it would contain more calories.
There are little to no literature on the amount of calories in Kopi O Kosong, hence I turn to Gold Kili’s Traditional Kopi O Kosong which states that there’s 15 kcal per serving.
Likewise, the situation changes depends on what you add into your kopi order:
Can I combine coffee with my diets?
So now that we’ve covered the calories in black coffee, let’s explore some common questions:
Can I drink black coffee on a keto diet?
Yes you can.
If you’re on a keto diet and still need the caffeine to keep awake, stick to black coffee.
However, you should avoid most kopi drinks as the coffee blends would likely be roasted with margarine and sugar. Instead, look for kopi blends that are dry roasted (or roasted without sugar), or go for 2nd or 3rd wave coffees where the beans are usually roasted without additives. And remember to only take black coffee, without sugar.
A ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that’s protein based. The idea is to reduce carb intake so that your body starts to burn gat and activate Ketosis.
Does coffee break intermittent fasting?
Black coffee doesn’t break intermittent fasting as the amount of calories is almost negligible, as long as you do not add sugar or milk. There are sources suggesting that black coffee can actually enhance the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is another diet plan that’s currently in vouge. The idea is to eat only within a short time window and let your body fast thereafter. Some benefits include weight lost and lowered risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart conditions.
Can I drink black coffee while dieting?
Yes you can, black coffee delivers all the benefits of coffee without the calories.
We have learnt that there’s about 2 calories in a cup of black coffee and 15 calories in a cup of kopi o kosong. And that you can consider combining black coffee with keto diets or intermittent fasting without breaking your diets.