In November, we featured a wintry low-fat Pumpkin Latte recipe, which has only 80 calories—less than half of a store-bought frou-frou latte.

The London-based World Cancer Research Fund wants consumers to know that some iced coffee drinks at the popular chains also pose major dietary pitfalls, with some containing up to 25% of a woman’s recommended daily calories.

Regular consumption of high-calorie drinks increases one’s obesity and cancer risks, according to WCRF experts.

“Having these types of drinks as an occasional treat is unlikely to do you any harm,” says Dr. Rachel Thompson, the group’s science program manager. “But if you are having them regularly, then they will increase the chances of you becoming overweight, which in turn increases your risk of developing cancer, as well as other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.”

There is convincing evidence that excess body fat can cause six types of cancer, the WCRF notes:

  1. Postmenopausal breast cancer
  2. Bowel cancer
  3. Esophageal cancer
  4. Pancreatic cancer
  5. Endometrial cancer (uterine lining)
  6. Kidney cancer

“With even some small [drink] options containing 300 calories, people should check the nutritional content of these drinks, particularly if they are having them regularly,” Dr. Thompson urges. “There are some iced coffees on the market that are low in calories, so it is worth shopping around.”

Opt for an unsweetened organic coffee with nonfat or low-fat milk, and pass on cream or sugary flavoring syrups.

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