“… It’s the holidays season …” and I have had far too many lattes and mince pies in the past few weeks. It’s like one continuous sweet celebration. Still, we are social animals and here I am, just popping out for a coffee with friends. Will I choose a standard cinnamon dolce latte with good old syrup (273 kCal) or the skinny version with only 108 kCal to its name and not sacrificing any sweetness as my LattePilates App told me? (click here for free download, link) The choice should be a no brainer. But I linger on the “confirm” button for the standard cinnamon dolce even though my App is questioning my decision, telling the world, queuing behind me, that I am about to overshoot my limit yet again.
What goes into your latte and how it contributes to your daily calorie and sugar intakes?
If you are reading the article, chances are you have come in to contact with such drinks and become partial to them. Now you are curious as to where it comes from, and more importantly, where will it lead you? Modern lattes as we know it in United States are variations of coffee drinks that existed in Europe since the 17th century. In those olden days, drinks known as caffè latte, Milchkaffee, café au lait or café con leche were made on stove tops in kitchens across Europe. The drink was made up of coffee and hot milk with their proportions varied. Sugar can be added as an option to suit the drinker’s taste. And no, it wasn’t topped with whipped cream. As people travel, so do their favorite drinks. And like everything else in life, they evolved into multiple forms and became known by their new identities such as cappuccino, flat whites and of course, latte. The modern latte as we know it is a combination of espresso and steamed milk. The name “latte” is shortened from the Italian caffè latte with variations in spelling. People even use mixed languages as in café latte to refer to the drink. There is beauty in linguistic diversity. One thing has not changed though, if you order a “latte” in Italy today, you will still get a glass of milk.