Whenever you reach for that morning cup of coffee, you’re giving your body a stimulant and a natural source of caffeine. The drink itself packs a load of health benefits, including more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables combined. However, the things you add to your brew can make it less healthy while introducing harmful toxins to your body and increasing the calories in coffee. Here are six ways to make your coffee healthier:
1. Use Less Sugar
One of the easiest ways to make healthy coffee is to use less sugar. Whether you put some in your drink at home or opt for a latte at a local coffee shop, you could be consuming a brew packed with artificial sweeteners or extra sugar. In fact, a chai tea latte can pack more grams of sugar than a Snickers. If you’re not ready to drink your coffee black, try a sugar substitute such as Stevia, coconut sugar or organic maple syrup.
2. Pick a Quality Brand
Every coffee bean gets grown and harvested differently. That means the quality of your coffee depends on how it’s processed. For example, some coffee beans are sprayed with synthetic pesticides and other chemicals you shouldn’t consume. You can choose a healthy coffee by buying organic and reducing the amount of synthetic pesticides you consume in that typical cup of joe.
3. Avoid Artificial Creamers
Artificial creamers are an easy way to add calories to your coffee when you don’t want to. Plus, you’ll frequently find high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats on the ingredients list of your favorite pumpkin spice creamer. Instead, try adding natural whole cream in your coffee. Any dairy will contain more nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, and introduce fewer calories to your coffee.
4. Add Cocoa Powder
Love the taste of hot chocolate but hate the sugar rush? If you get a craving, try adding some cocoa powder to your cup of coffee. The antioxidants in cocoa reduce the risk of heart disease, plus it’ll give your coffee the chocolate flavor you want without the extra sugar in a mocha. Just make sure you’re not adding too much — a teaspoon is usually enough.
5. Try Cinnamon
If you’re not a chocolate person, cinnamon can help you make a cup of healthy coffee. If you have diabetes, cinnamon can help lower your blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. Like cocoa powder, don’t add too much. A dash is typically the perfect amount to give your coffee flavor without the calories.
6. Use a Paper Filter
Using a paper filter is one easy way to brew healthy coffee. Regular brewed coffee contains cafestol, which can raise the cholesterol levels in your blood. Using a paper filter decreases the amount of cafestol that ends up in your cup while letting the coffee and antioxidants in.
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