cream being poured in the coffeeOk so recent clinical studies have come out to say that coffee is not bad for you and may help to protect against a number of diseases: Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Liver Cancer and Liver Cirrhosis. With that being said, as you up your consumption from one miserly cup a day to 3-4 cups there are some other healthy considerations that you ought to make.

If you are putting things that are bad for your health into your coffee to make it flavorful for your pallet and you are not conscious about what they are and their effects on you, then you may be causing more harm than good. Here are a few items to consider

  1. Sugar: We all know that sugar is being blamed for the overall poor health scores that Americans and know many other cultures around the world are receiving. They’re blamed for everything from heart disease, obesity and ADD.
  2. Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners are not a healthier alternative to sugar despite what you may think. These chemically originated sweeteners and responsible for a number of negative health conditions like metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
  3. Non-Dairy Creamer: In either powder or liquid form is full of a lot of artificial items that are intended to provide the same creamy feel and taste of half & half or heavy cream. Most contain a lot of high fructose corn syrup, in fact it’s often the primary ingredient, it is pretty well known that it causes weight gain, promotes cancer growth, stimulate fat accumulation in the liver and increased cholesterol levels.1 Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil which is high in trans fat which is also known to raise your bad cholesterol levels significantly.
  4. Flavored Syrups: Basic caramel syrup is approximately 19 grams of sugar and 80 calories. At Starbucks a Grande Latte gets 4 pumps and a Venti contains 7. That is respectively 76 grams or 320 calories for a Grande Latte and 133 grams or 560 calories for a Venti Latte

I know, I know you want your coffee to taste the way you want it. Well if that is the case please use dairy creamers, almond milk, soy milk and real to get a flavor you enjoy without risking your health to enjoy a nice hot energizing cup of Joe!

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Matt Bradley

I am an enthusiast of Healthy Living through the communal sharing of experiences and science. As a Zen practitioner I enjoy learning about ways to be in touch with my inner balance and imparting the information to others. I also enjoy a good snort of bourbon but will not try and impart that passion on our readers here.

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