Caffeine seems to be the world’s kickstart for the day. Who doesn’t love the earthy tones of a good cup of java in the mornings?
And when spring and summer are upon us, steaming cups of espressos and dark roasts are exchanged for iced refreshments in all their rejuvenating glory. But it begs the question, are you still getting the caffeinated fix you have gotten used to in the chilly winter mornings?
McDonald’s fast food outlets have a variety of caffeine-infused cold delights, ready to give you the pick-me-up you need to make it to the office early in the morning or perked up after lunch.
But before I answer the question, Do McDonald’s Frappes Have Caffeine?
Let’s discuss the benefits!
What Are The Benefits Of Caffeine?
Better for your tummy
It is said that cold brew coffees tend to be less acidic than hot brews. This, in turn, will be less of a burden on those who suffer acid reflux and stomach ulcers. Added milk or plant-based kinds of milk, such as almond or oat, can help to further lower the acidity.
Boost your brain productivity
Caffeine acts as a stimulant and may boost your energy levels. This, in turn, may have a wonderful effect on keeping you alert, counter mental fatigue and put a pep in your step. The only downside is that it will eventually even out, so you may need to maintain your stride with another frappe mid-day.
A study done by a leading American medical school also showed long-time benefits in female test subjects, as they noted a 20% decreased risk of depression in those who drink more than four cups of coffee per day. Additionally, it is also said that regular use of caffeine may lower the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including but not limited to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia.
Although long-time coffee drinkers may not see the effect, many studies in medical research state that caffeine can have positive effects on your metabolic rate.
Basically, as caffeine is a stimulant, it releases adrenal hormones that allow fatty acids to be used as energy. Some studies show that the best results are expected when you have your frappe on your way to the gym or before your workout.
Coffee is considered a superfood!
Good quality coffee will usually contain magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamins B2, B3, and B5. The antioxidants in coffee may be beneficial to your skin and have anti-inflammatory properties. Many skincare products to reduce puffiness around the eyes are known to contain caffeine as well.
Studies have also noted the benefits of coffee in protecting the liver from diseases and cirrhosis that cause scar tissue.
- Too much milk and sugar can lead to elevated cholesterol levels and may counteract the benefits of your metabolic boost
- Caution is advised to patients with high blood pressure; you should stick to your doctor’s recommendation on your caffeine intake.
- It is not advised to have more than four cups of coffee per day.
- Coffee acts as a diuretic that will pull water through your kidneys and cause you to need to urinate more often. If it is a very hot day, be mindful to drink extra water, and not only your frappes.
How Much Caffeine Do McDonald’s Frappes Contain?
McDonald’s Frappes come in various flavors, but the caffeine content for all of them is the same. The only difference in caffeine quantity would be dependent on the size; small, medium, or large. Small frappes contain 75mg of caffeine; the medium contains 90mg, and the large contains 130mg.
How does this compare to normal coffee?
A normal cup of coffee can have an average of 100mg of caffeine in it, and that is why it is said that four cups should be the limit for safe intake per day. This means that if you do not upsize your cup, you can safely have four medium frappes a day!
However, according to the nutritional guaranteed analysis as per the McDonald’s website, depending on the flavor, a medium-sized frappe may contain between 17-21 grams of fat and 58-67 grams of sugar – which may, in turn, be too much and push you beyond a healthy daily intake.
So, How Much Do You Love Coffee?
Well, if you’re anything like me…there ain’t nothing better than a ‘Cuppa Joe’! So, why not learn how to make your favorite delicious brews at home with The Professional Barista’s Handbook: An Expert Guide to Preparing Espresso, Coffee, and Tea, or how about The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee, THE BARISTA REFERENCE BOOK: FOUNDATION and much much more!
We also recommend reading up on The Barista Book: A Coffee Lover’s Companion with Brewing Tips and Over 50 Recipes, or my top choice, the Top 100 Coffee Recipes: A Cookbook for Coffee Lovers, and the Coffee Obsession, The Ultimate Coffee Bar Cookbook for Coffee Lovers all available online in 2022.
Finally, we also recommend The Coffee Book: Barista tips * recipes * beans from around the world to perfect those international flavors, or perhaps you’d like to learn Latte Art: The Ultimate Barista’s Guide To Stunning Coffee Art, and of course, The Home Barista: How to Bring Out the Best in Every Coffee Bean to impress your friends at the next dinner party.
Four frappes per day may, to be honest, be rather excessive, but you can always work around getting your caffeine boost in other ways.
Preparing your own iced coffee with a low-calorie sweetener and low-fat milk can cut down on sugar and cholesterol. But that does not mean you can’t have your absolute favorite Mocha, Oreo, or Caramel frappe now and then, right? Simply enjoy this refreshing cold delight responsibly!
Bring on summer and those refreshing Frappe’s!