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Old 09-05-2006, 06:36 AM   #1
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THERE ARE NO CARBS IN COFFEE

I've noticed over and over that folks on this list use the older nutritional data base to calculate carbs in coffee. That database was replaced in 2004. There are no carbs in coffee. Here's the actual figures:

Here's the official data:
Coffee, brewed with tap water
Amount in 100 grams (six oz cup weighs 178 gr, so as an estimate, double these figures for 6 - 8 oz cup)

g********* Protein*********** 0.12
g********* Total lipid (fat)*********** 0.02
g*********** Carbohydrate, by difference*********** 0.00
g********* Ash*********** 0.35
kcal*********** Calories********** 1
g*********** Sucrose********* 0.00
g*********** Glucose (dextrose)*********** 0.00
g*********** Fructose********* 0.00
g********* Lactose*********** 0.00
g*********** Maltose********* 0.00
g*********** Alcohol, ethyl** 0.0
g********* Water*********** 99.39
mg*********** Caffeine********* 40
mg*********** Theobromine** 0
kj******** Energy*********** 2
g********* Sugars, total***** 0.00
g*********** Galactose******** 0.00
g********* Fiber, total dietary*********** 0.0
mg*********** Calcium, Ca** 2
mg******* Iron, Fe******* 0.01
mg*********** Magnesium, Mg*********** 3
mg*********** Phosphorus, P 3
mg*********** Potassium, K** 49
mg*********** Sodium, Na**** 2
mg******* Zinc, Zn******* 0.02
mg*********** Copper, Cu***** 0.002
mg*********** Manganese, Mn*********** 0.023
mcg*********** Selenium, Se** 0.0
IU******* Vitamin A, IU** 0
mcg***** Retinol*********** 0
mcg_RAE*********** Vitamin A, RAE*********** 0
mcg*********** Carotene, beta*********** 0
mcg*********** Carotene, alpha*********** 0
mg******* Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)*********** 0.01
mcg*********** Cryptoxanthin, beta*********** 0
mcg*********** Lycopene******** 0
mcg***** Lutein + zeaxanthin*********** 0
mg*********** Tocopherol, beta*********** 0.00
mg*********** Tocopherol, gamma*********** 0.01
mg*********** Tocopherol, delta*********** 0.00
mg******* Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid*********** 0.0
mg******* Thiamin*********** 0.014
mg*********** Riboflavin******* 0.076
mg******* Niacin*********** 0.191
mg*********** Pantothenic acid*********** 0.254
mg******* Vitamin B-6***** 0.001
mcg***** Folate, total***** 2
mcg***** Vitamin B-12*** 0.00
mcg***** Vitamin K (phylloquinone)*********** 0.1
mcg***** Folic acid***** 0
mcg***** Folate, food**** 2
mcg_DFE*********** Folate, DFE**** 2
g*********** Tryptophan**** 0.000
g*********** Threonine******** 0.001
g*********** Isoleucine******** 0.002
g********* Leucine*********** 0.005
g********* Lysine*********** 0.001
g*********** Methionine***** 0.000
g********* Cystine*********** 0.002
g*********** Phenylalanine*** 0.003
g*********** Tyrosine********* 0.002
g********* Valine*********** 0.003
g*********** Arginine********* 0.001
g*********** Histidine********* 0.002
g********* Alanine*********** 0.003
g*********** Aspartic acid** 0.005
g*********** Glutamic acid** 0.020
g********* Glycine*********** 0.004
g********* Proline*********** 0.004
g********* Serine*********** 0.001
mg*********** Cholesterol***** 0
g********* Fatty acids, total trans**** 0.000
g********* Fatty acids, total saturated*********** 0.002
An 8 oz. cup of coffee weighs 237 grams and a 6oz weighs 178 grams

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Old 09-05-2006, 06:39 AM   #2
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I used to log my coffee into my nutritional program, Lifeform which still has the old info. When I read the new updated info, I quit logging it in. I drink about 4 cups of reg in the AM and 4 cups of decaf in the evenings. Good to know there are no carbs.
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...good info to have... thanks for posting!


...now, I wish they would update ****** so I will feel less guilty about having it look like 1/4 of my carbs a day are from COFFEE!!!
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What about Instant coffee, do you know if there is any change in the stats for that? I've been having to count a pretty large chunk of carbs for that.
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I just started drinking it last Thursday (weekdays at work only). I think I'm hooked already, in the morning. Problem was I drank it too late in the day on Friday and was awake ALL NIGHT Friday night. I REALLY hope I'm not doing anything backward to my health by drinking it. Is it not a wise habit to start?
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That is good to know..
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That's interesting information.

Just beware the caffiene though because it is an insulin production stimulant.
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what about espresso?
i assume it would be the same right?
i have 7 shots of it a day...:blush:
(and no, that number is NOT exaggerated in any way)
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Good to know, I'd always heard there was. Of course, my cups of coffee are still very carby due to the fact that most of it is cream, lol.
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what about espresso?
i assume it would be the same right?
i have 7 shots of it a day...:blush:
(and no, that number is NOT exaggerated in any way)

Wow! Do you still react to it? I find that my body gets used to the caffeine pretty quickly and I don't feel it anymore if I've been drinking it for a while.

And for the record - I don't count the carbs in coffee - never have.
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I never counted them in my coffee while I was losing weight. Still don't.

The DH and I stopped drinking coffee for awhile and gave up our 2 coffe pots but after drinking so much on vacation, I told him I wanted coffee in the house again and mentioned the Simply Smooth Folgers. So we bought another coffee pot and the Simply Smooth. Coffee is supposed to be good for you. Good antioxidants. (I've heard it's bad, too) But I prefer to think positive about it. I don't think it's doing anything to me healthwise. It keeps me sane on insane days!

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I just started drinking it last Thursday (weekdays at work only). I think I'm hooked already, in the morning. Problem was I drank it too late in the day on Friday and was awake ALL NIGHT Friday night. I REALLY hope I'm not doing anything backward to my health by drinking it. Is it not a wise habit to start?
I never drank coffee until about a year ago and I was very surprised at how quickly I got hooked on it. Coffee doesn't perk me up like it does for most people. In fact, it makes me drowsy and lethargic all day from only 2 cups. Since I wasn't getting any benefit from drinking it, other than enjoying the flavor, it bugged me to be hooked on something like that. I felt like I'd turned into a drug addict or something. If I went even one day without coffee, I'd end up with a terrible headache. I decided that it wasn't worth it. It took about four days to break the habit and now I only drink decaf.
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Thanks for the info...that makes me feel better...i usually dont count it but on days when i think ive had to many carbs i add it to make sure im still under where i want to be...good to know i dont have to worry about it...except the cream of course...but i have cut way donw on that too.
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According to Dr. Bernstein, author of the Diabetes Solution, you should count a cup of coffee as about 1 carb, and that's with no cream. He recommends staying at or below 20 carbs a day, by the way. I noticed when I did count coffee carbs, and stayed below 20 carbs a day, I went into deep, deep ketosis. The thing is, if you're doing Atkins, or really low-carbing, all carbs count. That's why, I guess, that Dr. Atkins said only drink coffee if you absolutely must, MUST, have it. That and the effects of caffeine on your blood sugar.
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According to Dr. Bernstein, author of the Diabetes Solution, you should count a cup of coffee as about 1 carb, and that's with no cream. He recommends staying at or below 20 carbs a day, by the way. I noticed when I did count coffee carbs, and stayed below 20 carbs a day, I went into deep, deep ketosis. The thing is, if you're doing Atkins, or really low-carbing, all carbs count. That's why, I guess, that Dr. Atkins said only drink coffee if you absolutely must, MUST, have it. That and the effects of caffeine on your blood sugar.
If I remember correctly, both of these books were written before the data base was updated two years ago. A lot of nutrition tracking programs -- ******, Diet Power, etc. are based on the old data tables, and so if you use them it will appear you are ingesting carbs in plain coffee. But according to new information, there are no carbs in coffee. Caffeine is used in many diet aids, so I doubt that will stall folks either, although I know some say it does. However, the cream, half 'n half, and packages of AS do add carbs, so beware if you don't drink your coffee straight.
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I don't count it. I also don't drink caffeinated though. Decaf only, usually made at home with my Saeco espresso maker - 2 shots of decaf added to half a mug of nuked water with 2 tsp. heavy cream - AKA Cafe Americano - DANG good stuff! I only use the water-processed decaf so I don't feel like this is harmful to my health.

I can't drink regular coffee, it makes me totally jittery. Regular tea or caffeinated soft drinks, no bother!
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what about espresso?
i assume it would be the same right?
i have 7 shots of it a day...:blush:
(and no, that number is NOT exaggerated in any way)
The food database for expresso ( I ommitted the trace minerals).

Nutrient Units Value per 100 grams

Water g 97.80 2
Energy kcal 2 0
Energy kj 8 0
Protein g 0.12 0
Total lipid (fat) g 0.18 2
Ash g 0.23 2
Carbohydrate, by difference g 0.00 0
Fiber, total dietary g 0.0 0
Sugars, total g 0.00 0

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What about Instant coffee, do you know if there is any change in the stats for that? I've been having to count a pretty large chunk of carbs for that.
Yes, instant coffee has some carbs, but not much:

Coffee, instant, regular, prepared with water
Nutrient Units Value per 100 grams
Water g 99.09 0
Energy kcal 2 0
Energy kj 7 0
Protein g 0.10 0
Total lipid (fat) g 0.00 0
Ash g 0.17 0
Carbohydrate, by difference g 0.34 0
Fiber, total dietary g 0.0 0
Sugars, total g 0.00 0
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Let's flip the debate.

Which is more unhealthier - the assumed .071 carbs per 6 oz cup, the caffeine buzz, or the 0.002 grams of saturated fat?!
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Nutrient Units 1.00 X 1 tsp, rounded
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1.8g
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Water g 0.06
Energy kcal 4
Energy kj 18
Protein g 0.22
Total lipid (fat) g 0.01
Ash g 0.16
Carbohydrate, by difference g 0.74
Fiber, total dietary g 0.0
Sugars, total g 0.00
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 3
Iron, Fe mg 0.08
Magnesium, Mg mg 6
Phosphorus, P mg 5
Potassium, K mg 64
Sodium, Na mg 1
Zinc, Zn mg 0.01
Copper, Cu mg 0.003
Manganese, Mn mg 0.031
Selenium, Se mcg 0.2
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 0.0
Thiamin mg 0.000
Riboflavin mg 0.001
Niacin mg 0.507
Pantothenic acid mg 0.002
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.001
Folate, total mcg 0
Folic acid mcg 0
Folate, food mcg 0
Folate, DFE mcg_DFE 0
Vitamin B-12 mcg 0.00
Vitamin B-12, added mcg 0.00
Vitamin A, IU IU 0
Vitamin A, RAE mcg_RAE 0
Retinol mcg 0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 0.00
Vitamin E, added mg 0.00
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) mcg 0.0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.004
4:0 g 0.000
6:0 g 0.000
8:0 g 0.000
10:0 g 0.000
12:0 g 0.000
14:0 g 0.000
16:0 g 0.003
18:0 g 0.001
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.001
16:1 undifferentiated g 0.000
18:1 undifferentiated g 0.001
20:1 g 0.000
22:1 undifferentiated g 0.000
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.004
18:2 undifferentiated g 0.003
18:3 undifferentiated g 0.000
18:4 g 0.000
20:4 undifferentiated g 0.000
20:5 n-3 g 0.000
22:5 n-3 g 0.000
22:6 n-3 g 0.000
Cholesterol mg 0
Amino acids
Tryptophan g 0.001
Threonine g 0.003
Isoleucine g 0.003
Leucine g 0.009
Lysine g 0.002
Methionine g 0.000
Cystine g 0.004
Phenylalanine g 0.005
Tyrosine g 0.003
Valine g 0.005
Arginine g 0.001
Histidine g 0.003
Alanine g 0.006
Aspartic acid g 0.009
Glutamic acid g 0.037
Glycine g 0.008
Proline g 0.006
Serine g 0.002
Other
Alcohol, ethyl g 0.0
Caffeine mg 57
Theobromine mg 0
Carotene, beta mcg 0
Carotene, alpha mcg 0
Cryptoxanthin, beta mcg 0
Lycopene mcg 0
Lutein + zeaxanthin mcg 0

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According to Dr. Bernstein, author of the Diabetes Solution, you should count a cup of coffee as about 1 carb, and that's with no cream. He recommends staying at or below 20 carbs a day, by the way. I noticed when I did count coffee carbs, and stayed below 20 carbs a day, I went into deep, deep ketosis. The thing is, if you're doing Atkins, or really low-carbing, all carbs count. That's why, I guess, that Dr. Atkins said only drink coffee if you absolutely must, MUST, have it. That and the effects of caffeine on your blood sugar.
I think this was also before studies showed that the effect caffeine has to increase metabolism almost always "wins" over the insulin stimulation thing, making it a beneficial thing when trying to lose weight.
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I drink coffee but have moderated it to 2 cups a day just because I feel jittery sometimes afterwards. I also sadly discovered many flavored coffee's have hidden carbs in them (even states the carbs on the nutrition panel on the back- the other hidden carbs I see tucked away within the ingredients list along with some sort of starch or sugar~ from the flavorings of course, grrr!). I used to be hooked on Irish Cream Flavored Coffee, and Chocolate Truffle Flavored Coffee...and even some French Vanilla Flavored Coffees then switched back to regular old Folger's with cream -it was the safest carb-wise. Come to think of it, I haven't had coffee in a long time...switched to Green Tea Spiced Chai (most Chai also has carbs in it from the spices- it's supposed to be sweet and creamy however I get mine in tea bag form and add SunCrystals (?I think that's what it's called?) sweetener and HWC). Anyway I digress- I used to have coffee every morning. I miss my Irish Cream flavored Coffee <siiigh>, but Folger's and HWC is yummy enough especially if one's body is super carb sensitive or they're in induction.
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thanks for the info.

1 less thing to worry about. of course, excess caffeine can play games with our glucose and insulin levels. ergo, i am quite conservative with my consumption of caffeine. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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I think this was also before studies showed that the effect caffeine has to increase metabolism almost always "wins" over the insulin stimulation thing, making it a beneficial thing when trying to lose weight.
It had better be beneficial given the small POT I drink each day. Now, my coffee DOES have carbs but whatever. I like it, I need it, and I don't think it hurts me or at least that's the story I tell myself. I'd like to believe it's actually beneficial but who the heck knows. I toy with the idea of giving it up every now and again but...hasn't happened yet and don't think its going to anytime soon.
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