While there's been some debate over the health benefits of drinking coffee, few things can keep avid coffee drinkers from their morning brew. If health is a concern, take note of the findings of a recent study on the healthiest way to order your morning cup of joe. Researchers at Rutgers University found that ordering your coffee with skim milk compared to a whole milk latte can lead to weight loss over time, Body+Soul reports.
Rutgers's team tracked the number of regular (whole milk) and light (skim milk) latte drinkers at a Dunkin Donuts. Then, the researchers instructed baristas to start asking every customer who ordered a latte if they wanted to make their coffee "light." When asked, 50% of coffee drinkers chose the light version.
This small change in ordering can lead to weight loss over time, as a medium-size latte with whole milk has 170 calories and nine grams of fat while a light latte with skim milk has 110 calories and no fat. If you replace five lattes a week with a light version, you'll save 4550 calories in one year (that's about a 1.3-pound weight loss).
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