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.