For many people, coffee is the only proper way to start a day. As a matter of fact, an online survey conducted by National Coffee Association showed that 83 percent of adults in America drink coffee daily and that’s why educating people on the health benefits of this beverage is so important. If you’re among those people that can’t imagine waking up without a cup of coffee; here are a few nutrition experts’ tips on how to make your coffee healthier.
Ditch Artificial Sweeteners
Since the taste of pure black coffee isn’t for everyone and sugar is said to be unhealthy, many people add artificial sweeteners to their morning cup of Joe. Nutrition experts, however, strongly advise you should ditch artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, saccharin, and aspartame. Saccharin encourages allergic reactions while sucralose may change the way your body responds to carbohydrates thus increasing your insulin levels and triggering fat storage. Try switching to natural sweeteners such as stevia or coconut sugar, or simply stick with unsweetened black; once you learn to appreciate the taste, your coffee will become much healthier.
Cream it Carefully
Besides sweeteners, another thing that people like to add to their coffee is cream. In order to avoid dairy, people switch to artificial creamers that are highly processed and full of harmful ingredients. For example, partially hydrogenated soybean oil promotes inflammations; high-fructose corn syrup can damage your liver while natural flavours might not be that natural after all. Ask any nutrition expert and they’ll tell you the same – it would be best to ditch creamers completely, but if you don’t like your coffee black, consider using full-fat cream from grass-fed cows and don’t worry about it.
Mind the Quality
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world meaning that it’s one of the most widely traded commodities. Because of the mass production; traditional coffee is heavily treated with fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and other chemicals that are not only harmful to your health but also to the environment. That’s why switching to organic coffee beans is a good idea; they’re grown with only organic fertilizers and they’re richer in antioxidants meaning they’re healthier and more delicious. The same goes for water – 99 percent of coffee is water; so make sure it’s of a good quality to make your cup of Joe healthy yet tasty.
Enrich it With Butter or Coconut Oil
There has been a lot of buzz about Bulletproof diet and it all started with Bulletproof coffee; which is basically a cup of coffee enriched with butter. The fact is that adding grass-fed butter or organic coconut oil to your cup of Joe will turn it into a delicious, brain-boosting beverage packed with healthy fats. Butter has the right fats to regulate cholesterol; it’s rich in omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s packed with vitamin K that can reduce the risk of heart diseases. The same goes for coconut oil – it can help your weight loss and benefit your brain. You’ll need a blender to mix these fats smoothly into your coffee. Blending will also add nice froth to your cup of coffee; so, you can pretend to be your own barista.
Time it Right
The main reason for drinking coffee is caffeine – a substance that fills you up with energy and keeps you awake. Because of this, it’s very important to know when you should and when you shouldn’t drink coffee. Drinking it late in the day can lead to sleep deprivation, which can have various negative effects on your body and health – from moodiness and memory problems to weakened immune response and obesity. So, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, refrain from coffee once the clock strikes three. Also, make sure that coffee isn’t the first thing you put in your mouth in the morning; have breakfast first and you won’t have to worry about sugar cravings later in the day.
All it takes are a few small switches to make your coffee healthier and just like that – your cup of coffee becomes not only harmless but also beneficial for your health. Many studies linked drinking coffee with diabetes prevention as well as liver and heart health benefits; so, go ahead, and grab your daily dose of caffeine with no fear!