If you’re drinking fancy coffee with all the extras, including syrups, artificially flavored creamers, lots of chocolate and whipped cream, you’ve turned your coffee into food. Not just food, but junk food. You can make your coffee healthier by avoiding all the extras and get back to the basic coffee with no additions. Cutting out sugar and cream can also provide health benefits. Sugar is bad for your health and whenever you can reduce your intake, it boosts the health benefits. Black coffee has proven health benefits, but all the additions turn this drink to a high calorie junk food drink.
Even the healthiest food or drink can have side effects if you consume too much.
Keep your intake of coffee to a moderate intake. If you drink too much, it can cause side effects, especially if you’re sensitive to caffeine. While the recommended amount is approximately 2 cups a day, if you don’t have adverse side effects, your tolerance for caffeine may be far higher. Always listen to your body.
Limit your coffee to earlier in the day.
The caffeine in coffee makes it a stimulant and for some people, that can mean you’ll stay awake longer if you drink it late in the afternoon or in the evening. While the benefit of a boost of energy is a good thing, it’s not so pleasant if you’re tossing and turning, trying to sleep. Again, not everyone is sensitive to the caffeine in coffee or has varying levels of sensitivity, so the cut off time will vary. While you may be able to sleep, it can also impair the quality of your sleep.
If you must add something to coffee, make it healthy and low calorie.
Adding a little cinnamon to your coffee not only makes it tasty, but it can also boost health benefits. Cinnamon has health benefits, especially for diabetics. It can lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes, but not type 1. Cassia cinnamon, not Ceylon cinnamon, provides this benefit. Adding MCT— medium-chain triglyceride—oil can also benefit you if you’re trying to lose weight. It increases leptin, the satiety hormone that makes you feel full. Adding collagen powder may also make it healthier.
- Lose the artificial sweeteners and go with liquid stevia, monk fruit extract, or if those don’t suit you, try coconut sugar, which has higher calories, but a trace amount of minerals and a low glycemic index.
- Opt for bold coffee. Bold coffee uses a dark roast coffee bean and brews longer. You might think it’s harder on your stomach, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s less acidic. The slower the coffee is brewed
- Bold coffee is less acidic than regular coffee due to the dark roast coffee beans and longer brewing time. It’s not as finely ground and the lower acidity level makes it easier on the stomach.
- Use a paper filter to make your coffee. Coffee contains cafestol, which can cause blood cholesterol levels to rise. The paper filter reduces the amount of cafestol in your coffee.
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