Drinking coffee has become one of the most popular activities, especially in the morning. It is commonly in most people’s morning routine and we even have shops and cafes dedicated to coffee. But is it healthy for you?
Is coffee good for you?
Whilst many people perceive a coffee drinking habit as being bad and something that needs to be broken, it can actually be good for you – it just depends how you do it. What gives drinking coffee its bad name in health is those that drink it the wrong way. For example those that drink it excessively or add too much fatty and unhealthy extras to their morning cup. There are some easy ways to make coffee healthy for you and you can then use coffee as a beneficial tool. If done right you can use coffee for weight loss and even just to improve your overall general health and wellbeing.
3 ways to make drinking coffee good for you:
1. Be careful what you are adding to your coffee - The biggest way to make your healthy cup of coffee unhealthy is to add extras. Of course there are extra ingredients that can be added that give its healthiness a boost such as superfoods. The majority of the time though, what gets added to our coffee are unhealthy extras such as full-fat milk, sugar, sweeteners, syrups and flavourings. These are full of sugar and fats that take away from the initial health benefits of coffee and if you are guilty of adding a lot of these to your drinks then they can be seriously adding to your daily calorie and sugar intake which could be resulting in weight gain and a generally unhealthy lifestyle.
If you are one of these people then try to cut down or out completely on these cheeky extras. If you can’t stand plain black coffee though then there are some alternatives that aren’t as bad for you. If you are a full fat milk fiend then try adding an alternative such as almond or soya milk. There are also a number of non-fat creamers and coffee aids that can be easily substituted. The other main culprit of unhealthy coffee are those that add a lot of sugar. There are many substitutes for this such as stevia and some that are specifically made for use with coffee.
2. Use good quality coffee - When you are choosing the right coffee for you, make sure you take into account how good for you the coffee actually is. Try to avoid some instant coffees that already contain sugar and look for those that have to be filtered. Unless you’re buying a coffee that has already been filtered (obviously that’s the easiest option), many aren’t. By filtering your coffee you can help remove any harmful substances including diterpenes, which can raise cholesterol levels in the blood. Also if you can, try looking for organic coffee from a good quality brand.
3. Be careful how much coffee you drink and at what time - Caffeine affects everyone in different ways. Where one cup may have no effect for some can have major effects for others. This means it is all about balance and making sure you find what suits you best. This means there is no set amount of coffee that is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to drink so make sure you understand what the limits are for you.
Although the amount we drink per day is dependant on the person, the time of day we drink our coffee, there is a general rule as to when we should. Most coffee contains high levels of caffeine which is a stimulant. This means it helps to give us an energy boost and improve concentration which makes it the perfect way to get out of bed in the morning. Coffee can also help to boost the metabolism so is also good to be drank before meals or exercise to help the body ability and speed to convert fats and carbohydrates into energy. All this makes coffee the perfect morning and afternoon beverage but there are some recommendations about the amount you should drink in the evenings.
As a blanket rule, many say not to drink coffee after 2pm as it can affect our sleep. In general this is a good rule, but again it depends on your routine and lifestyle. Instead, we recommend avoiding drinking coffee too close to when you are going to sleep and also not to drink it if you are trying to relax. Instead try drinking a de-caffeinated version as they usually have the same taste but with out the stimulant effects of caffeine.
Healthy coffee alternatives
If you have tried the three points above but still want to make your coffee even healthier then you can try a Skinny Coffee . Most skinny coffees still contain high-quality coffee beans so you can still receive the stimulant benefits of caffeine in the morning, but they add extra healthy ingredients that take it to the next level.
The most common extras added are superfood ingredients such as matcha, spirulina, chlorella, green coffee and ginseng. These all have their own great health benefits including the benefits of boosting the metabolism that help to make your morning coffee the healthiest it can be and can actually help you lose weight instead of putting it on. If you want to test a slimming coffee out then they can be bought with all the ingredients correctly measured out and are easy to make. If you want to add a few ingredients to make your coffee healthier without trying one with all of them then give that a go. Popular healthy additions to coffee are also cinnamon and cocoa which add an interesting taste as well as numerous health benefits.