There are plenty of reasons people say that you should not drink coffee at all. It is addictive. It can increase anxiety and stress hormones. It creates an artificial high that leads into a crash. It stains our teeth. It can negatively affect blood sugar levels.
Knowing all of that, I still love my joe. It does have antioxidants. It can increase alertness and metabolism, perhaps only short term, but it works. It can help headaches and dilates airways. Maybe that is why it is found in medications. There are studies that found that it may help to prevent some illnesses, such as cancer and type II diabetes. As I described in a previous post, I am usually tired. Even with coffee, I sometimes have to use tools that I learned playing sports to jazz myself up to be productive. Instead doing sprints at the end of practice, I am finishing up paperwork.
The easiest way to make your coffee more healthy is to not add sugar, real or artificial. There are no guilt free Frappuccinos or Coolattas. Although a small Coolatta with milk is 170 calories and a tall Frappucino has 190, they are both brimming with sugar. I suppose the ideal thing would be to drink it black. Not enough fun for me there, so I add coconut creamer. It tastes great, is dairy free and has medium chain triglycerides.
I used so many links in this post, because there have been many headlines and controversies over just how unhealthy or healthy coffee may be for us. The inspiration for this post came from my new love of coconut creamer and a website that my mom sent after I told her about my new love.
Thanks for dropping by, with coffee by your side 🙂
I have that magnet sticking to my hob … and yes buzzzing around doing bad things
I just found this Almond Joy creamer! Chocolatey coconut goodness, it’s good! Love your site and thanks for the visit! Happy coffee drinkin:)
That sounds tasty!
Great information and I love the picture! 🙂
Can’t beat a fresh, strong coffee in the morning – I pretty much keep to one these days, or two maybe if I’m somewhere it’s really good – but I find most places give you a vat of liquid – I love the meditteranean approach – small, strong coffee to do it’s thing and a bottle of water on the side to quench your thirst. Thank for ‘liking’ my post, btw 🙂
I do love small, strong cups of Cuban coffee.
Great post; I love my morning coffee (and I drink it black)! I love that you’ve highlighted the benefits of this delicious drink! Elaine
Thanks for the comment Elaine. I love my morning coffee too. In fact, I’m loving it right now. 🙂
I am learning to like coffee…it beats diet mountain dew. The biggest issue I see in my clinic is that caffeine overdone can lead to heart palpitations and atrial fibrillation, especially as we age. All things in moderation I guess…
Totally agree. I learned the hard way, mixing coffee with energy drinks in the same morning…NOT a good idea either.
I consider coffee “non-negotiable” in the morning! I don’t drink more than 3-4 cups per day…but, hey, it’s my only vice! I do like the So Delicious creamers too, but you still have to watch out for the list of chemicals. Sometimes, it’s better to just go with regular half-and-half. Bottoms up….
I looked up the words I could barely pronounce on the side of my non-dairy creamer. Controversial, apparently. some sites list them as carcinogens and other sites list them as inert. Something to think about! Thanks for raising my awareness. I am trying to stay away from dairy products, but it seems as most of the stand ins have issues beyond food sensitivity.
Yes – it’s tough to avoid all those complicated ingredients! I heard that canned coconut milk was a good substitute. I tried it and didn’t like it too well!
So the search will continue.
Switching again will at least stop the danger I face every morning. The egg white carton and the creamer are the same size and color. Luckily, I caught it before the coffee went in the cup.
On the other hand, you can get a little protein with your coffee that way! ha, ha…
Good point! 8)
I do love my coffee…since pregnancy, can only tolerate decaf. Thank goodness I’ve found decafs that still taste like coffee! 😉
Cannot live without my coffee, love that there are good things about it and I actually used to use it in combination with migraine meds to get releif and it was amazing how it worked to reduce the headaches…no need for that anymore as no more migraines. Thanks Leanne
There was a medicine in the college training room that we thought cured everything. It was basically Advil, Tylenol, and caffeine.