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The verdict: It won't kill you, but...
A heavy hand with the condiments adds empty calories to your diet—especially if you go for extra-large drinks, because you're adding more flavorings than you would for a small cup. And we're not just talking about whipped cream and mocha syrup: Even stirring in half-and-half and a couple of packs of sugar can add 50 calories to your five-calorie cup of joe. Over a year, if you don't offset those extra calories each day, that's enough to pack on 5 extra pounds.
That said, if you're generally a healthy eater, then a splash of milk and a little sugar are "not a problem," says Kelly Morrow, RD, associate professor of nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle. Just stick to real milk. Typically low-fat nondairy creamers are made of mostly corn syrup—i.e., added sugar—and trans fats, which research suggests can up your risk for heart disease and other ailments.