Which would be better: coffee with sweetener or hot chocolate?
If you’re referring to black coffee sweetened with a non-caloric sweetener such as aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), or stevia extract (Truvia), then the coffee is a better choice than hot chocolate, as it would have essentially no calories or carbohydrate. However, if you add regular sugar and cream or half and half, then the calories and carbohydrate start to add up – for example, a cup of coffee sweetened with 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cream would have about 70 calories and 13 grams of carb. A packet of no-sugar-added cocoa mix added to hot water has about 60 calories and 11 grams of carb. Regular hot chocolate can be quite high in calories, depending on how much sugar is added and the type of milk used to make it. On a positive note, both coffee and cocoa contain antioxidants which may provide heart health benefits.