Coffee is naturally a healthy beverage, and is the leading provider of antioxidants in the US diet. Here are some tips to get the most benefit out of your coffee:
1. Don’t Load Your Coffee with Sugar
Sugar, in addition to adding unnecessary calories to your drink, is also bad for teeth and has been linked to diseases like Diabetes. If you must have some sugar in your coffee, Stevia is a better option.
2. Avoid Low-Fat and Artificial Creamers
Commercial low-fat and artificial creamers (and sweeteners) tend to be highly processed and may contain unnatural, harmful ingredients. Some of these include high fructose corn syrup and trans fats. If you want to add a creamer, try a full-fat cream, and preferably organic. Studies have shown that high-fat dairy products are actually associated with a reduced risk of obesity.
3. Add Some Cocoa
Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants and is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease. Try adding a little cocoa to your cup for added sweetness.
4. Add Some Cinnamon
Cinnamon mixes very well with the flavor of coffee, and has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides in diabetics. Try it out!
5. No Caffeine Late in the Day
Drinking coffee late in the day can interfere with our sleep, since it’s a stimulant and gives us a jolt of energy. Poor sleep can cause several problems, so if you can, choose Swiss Water Decaf. Depending on your sensitivity, 2-3 pm is a good guideline for caffeine cutoff