People enjoy coffee in various ways as some like to drink light-brown colored frothy coffee with milk whereas some drink a cup of strong, double espresso black coffee while some others like to drink cold coffee with milk.
Though I like to drink coffee with milk still it will be interesting for me to know does coffee with milk make you fat.
In this write-up, I will try to find out the effect of milk in coffee on your body weight so that you can make a well-informed decision while making a cup of coffee for you.
It will help you to know whether your favorite coffee is harmful to your health or good for it. However, before discussing the effect of milk in the coffee on the weight of your body let us know what is in your milk.
What is in the Milk?
Generally speaking, the milk of cows is good for everyone, youngsters and adults and two servings of 250 ml are recommended for every adult to remain healthy and fit.
The main reason behind drinking milk is that it is a rich source of Vitamin D, an essential nutrient to keep your bones healthy and strong. It is also essential for your teeth and bones as it is also a good source of calcium, another essential nutrient for the human body.
Apart from milk sunshine is a good source of vitamin D. Most people in western countries are deficient in vitamin D because either they work indoors or they cannot enjoy sunshine due to climatic conditions.
Types of milk
Moreover, you can find different types of milk in the market including whole milk, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk apart from the milk derived from soy, coconuts, and almonds, etc. All these types of milk are different in many ways:
Level of fat
The level of fat is different in each of these types of milk. Usually, whole milk contains 4% fat whereas semi-skimmed milk contains 2% fat and skimmed milk contains 0.5% fat.
Level of calories
All these types of milk are also different from each other due to the level of calories in them. A 250ml serving of whole milk may have up to 146 calories whereas one cup of semi-skimmed milk may contain 122 calories and skimmed milk may contain 86 calories.
Level of calcium
The calcium in whole milk and semi-skimmed milk can cover up 28% of daily calcium intake required by adults whereas skimmed milk can cover up to 50% of the recommended daily requirement of calcium.
Level of potassium
Milk is also considered as an excellent source of potassium required to lower the blood pressure in the human body. A serving of whole milk usually contains 349mg potassium whereas semi-skimmed milk may contain 366mg and skimmed milk 410 mg.
Other important ingredients in milk include protein, sugar, and sodium which can help in differentiating the whole milk, semi-skimmed milk, and skimmed milk.
Normally, drinking milk is considered good for getting vitamin D and strengthening teeth and bones in your boy, unless you are intolerant to milk. But you can gain weight as well as calories by drinking too much milk in routine.
Now after knowing what is in your milk, it is time to know the effect of milk in your coffee.
Effect of milk in coffee
A lot of research on the effect of milk in the cup of coffee has been done so far. It has been scientifically proven that apparently there is no positive effect of adding milk to the coffee apart from the fact that it can add flavor to your cup of coffee. In fact, you cannot enjoy some of the benefits of coffee by adding milk to it.
According to various reports, coffee without milk can offer a number of health and cognitive benefits like reducing the risk of various types of liver cancer, reducing weight and boosting memory, etc.
Effect of adding milk on the benefits of coffee
The extensive researches were made by a group of scientists in a popular coffee producing company in Switzerland, Nestle, in this regard. It has been revealed through these studies that when you drink black coffee then it releases Polyphenols, a kind of beneficial nutrients, into your bloodstream for a long time.
They continued to research the effect of adding milk or non-dairy creamers to the coffee on Polyphenols released by it.
Before knowing the results of these ongoing researches let us know what Polyphenols are.
What are Polyphenols?
Polyphenols are the antioxidants that can help in preventing the breakdown of cells as well as reducing the damage of cells caused every day in your body due to the attack of free radicals.
Your body gets these free radicals from the environment in the form of pollutants like industrial fumes, smoke, the sun, petrol fumes, and other toxic elements. All these pollutants cause the breakdown of cells in your body. In order to fight the effect of these pollutants, your body needs antioxidants, for this reason, Polyphenols are important for your body to meet its nutritional needs.
Now we come to the results of the studies done by the scientists of Nestle.
The results of the studies have shown that the time to release Polyphenols to the bloodstream is not greatly affected by adding milk to the coffee. In other words, the release of important antioxidants, Polyphenols, is not affected whether you add milk to your coffee or not.
Whether milk in coffee adds fat to your body
Though milk is good for your overall health, it can add unwanted weight to your body especially if you add whole milk or semi-skimmed milk. Actually, your calorie intake increases when you add a sugar cube and milk to your coffee.
A cup of coffee with milk and sugar cube can give you up to 57 calories whereas a cup of black coffee gives you up to 47 calories along with important antioxidants, Polyphenols.
So if you want to lose weight, I recommend drinking coffee without milk.