Female College Students May Overindulge in Coffee Beverages

Previous studies have found that gourmet coffee beverages (GCBs) contribute to weight gain, but female college students may be at particular risk—especially if they choose whole-fat over nonfat options

Researchers from the Simmons College Department of Nutrition in Boston studied how often college women indulge in GCBs, as well as how these drinks affect overall caloric intake. 

Most of the study’s participants—predominantly Caucasians in their 20s, of normal body weight—averaged 2.5 GCBs per week. 

Almost 75% of the women who chose hot drinks and 64% of those who opted for cold drinks purchased 10- to 16-oz. GCBs. Frozen beverages were often larger. 

A single drink’s calorie count ranged from 180 to 500, with 6 to 72 grams of sugar. 

“A significant percentage of college women consume GCBs, which contributes additional [calories] and fat to dietary intake,” the researchers concluded. “Over time, this could potentially affect weight status.”

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  • Mike Rocha  June 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I can see how GCBs could cause the weight. Actually, I experienced this. I used to drink the “Lattes” and gained about 7 pounds in about 3 weeks. It took me 2 months to get rid of it. Now, I stick with Starbucks tall half caf ONLY.

    Mike Rocha

  • Scott Shaffer  June 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for your comment, Mike!

    If you’re interested in ditching the jitters, maybe you’d like to replace your daily coffee with some healthy green tea?

  • Dave  August 5, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I could see how that would cause weight gain. I have switched to a different kind of coffee, to decrease jitters and be a little more healthy. I don’t even go to coffee shops anymore.

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