It’s a great time to be a coffee lover, with all these newfound health perks of java: it provides a big dose of antioxidants, and can help ward off ailments like type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and colon and breast cancers.
To further maximize the benefits of your coffee, try these three tricks:
Ditch the artificial sweeteners
While they’re calorie-free, research shows artificial sweeteners encourage extra food cravings, which can lead to obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
So if you’re a chronic sugar fanatic, try weening yourself off it. See if you can tolerate unsweetened coffee first, or limit yourself to a small amount of real sugar instead.
Use grass-fed dairy or plant-based milk
For the dairy fans out there, you can swap cream in your coffee for grass-fed or organic milk in your coffee. These types of dairy contain more nutrients and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Other healthy alternatives include milks and creamers made from almond, coconut, cashews, and other plant sources. Most are produced with all-natural ingredients (read: no high-fructose corn syrup) and provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Add cinnamon or other spices
One of the oldest tricks for minimizing sugar intake is incorporating sweet spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or even cloves.
Adding more flavour and aroma, these spices seriously kick your antioxidant intake up several notches. Cinnamon, in particular, can aid in blood sugar and insulin regulation.
Try a spice combo like pumpkin or apple pie spice; purists can sprinkle raw cocoa powder instead, another antioxidant-rich addition.
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