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We were in Thailand recently, and we just had to drop by McDonalds. McD is noted for it's consistency in taste and in quality worldwide. But how about calories? To cut a long story short - here's the summary:
They have a Double Big Mac - which has four pieces of beef patties; for the price of 102 Baht (burger only). No nutritional information is provided on the tray liner. One can only wonder the amount of calories it packs.
There appears to be a difference less calories and smaller serves for menu items in McD Thailand. We can only hope that McD Malaysia will follow suite with smaller serves and less calories in our menu items.
Tray liner from McDonald's Thailand.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives us the energy to start our day and to perform well in our task. So, we ask - what should we drink for breakfast? Let's not ruin our dieting and slimming plans at the start of each day. In this article, we have a look at coffee. It is a common drink, especially to jump start our day.
|Brand||Packaging||Calories per serve (kcal)|
|Nescafe Classic||Bottle (Powder)||1.3|
|Aik Cheong Kopi 'O'||Sachet||9.3|
|Nescafe Regular 3-in-1||Sachet||86.0|
|Nescafe Mild 3-in-1||Sachet||86.0|
|Nescafe Rich 3-in-1||Sachet||87.0|
|Nescafe Gold 3-in-1||Sachet||87.0|
|Super 3 in 1 Coffee Mix||Sachet||88.0|
|Agromas Premix With Gano||Sachet||91.0|
|Agromas Premix With Ginseng||Sachet||93.0|
|Nescafe Original Milk Coffee Drink||Canned||99.0|
|Pokka Vanilla Milk Coffee Drink||Canned||103.0|
|Boss Short Break Latte by Suntory||Canned||108.0|
|Nescafe Latte Milk Coffee Drink||Canned||110.0|
|Pokka Cappuccino Drink||Canned||115.0|
|Milo Fuze 3-in-1 by Nestle||Sachet||121.0|
|Nescafe Mocha Milk Coffee Drink||Canned||125.0|
|Superbest Power White Coffee||Sachet||129.2|
|Nescafe Ipoh White Coffee||Canned||135.0|
|Milo Original by Nestle||Canned||149.0|
|Alicafe Premium Gold by Power Root||Canned||149.0|
|Oldtown White Coffee 3-in-1||Sachet||188.0|
To view the full image of the table, click here.
With no surprises, black coffee such as Nescafe Classic and Aik Cheong Kopi 'O' (no sugar, no creamer, no milk), is the best. It has no sugar and absolutely low in calories.
However, not many of us like the taste of black coffee. It's fairly bitter and it has to be an acquired taste. For coffee with milk and sugar, S-Fit Cappuccino is recommended. It has half the calories of the nearest 'rival' Nescafe Original 3-in-1, and 35% less sugar too.
In general, canned coffee drinks are high in calories.
The top of the list shocker has to be Oldtown White Coffee. It has up to 188 kcal per serve and 16.3g (or 3.8 teaspoon) of sugar. Not a fantastic choice if you are on a diet.
Another shocker is the Alicafe Premium by Power Root. This drink, packs 22.30g of sugar - that's 5.3 teaspoon of sugar.
For comparison purposes, Coca-Cola has 25g of sugar per serve.
It is encouraging to see that Agromas products, which is by FAMA Malaysia fared pretty well, sitting in the middle of the table when sorted by calories.
Milo has been included for comparison purposes, as Milo is a very popular beverage in Malaysia.
Do select your beverages wisely. Black coffee is the way to go. It is too easy to drink calories, and mess up with our diet for the day.
Our analysis excludes cases whereby we make our own coffee. Yes, we will write about that soon. We acknowledge that the sample above is does not represent the full range of products available in Malaysia and we do not have the resources to include all products available in the market.