What is the Healthiest Way to Drink Coffee?

03 Apr 2019

Category: Health News & Information

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Is One Type of Coffee Healthier than Others?

If you’re trying to cut back on sugar or dairy, or simply be healthier, why not change the way you consume coffee? Different types of coffee contain more milk, sugar or caffeine than others – all of which can have negative effects on your body.

Sugar Alternatives

Generally, if you’re looking for the healthiest type of coffee, look for those with the least sugar and dairy in. We’d certainly recommend stepping away from the Frappuccino with cream and sprinkles if you’re on a health kick.

Coffee doesn’t have to be boring just because you’ve chosen a healthy option. Take a look on the shelves at the supermarket or even at your local coffee shop and you’ll spot plenty of sugar-free syrups. If you really can’t kick your sweet cravings, this could be the answer – without consuming spoonfuls of sugar.

Another suggestion to help reduce your sugar intake in coffee is to add cinnamon powder or a teaspoon of raw cacao. Though you are getting a chocolate taste, rich dark cacao is one of the richest sources of polyphenols. Polyphenols have antioxidant properties and plenty of health benefits! Why not try it next time you’re making a coffee in the office. A healthy mocha could be just the thing to satisfy both your sugar and caffeine craving.

If cinnamon and cacao aren’t really your thing – try to use natural sugar-based products. Agave nectar or honey can be used to sweeten your drink and lead you away from refined sugars.

Watching Your Caffeine Intake

Caffeine is good for you in reasonable amounts, but too much can lead to heightened feelings of jitteriness, irritability or anxiety. This is owing to the fact caffeine can make you feel more alert, and give you more energy. However, too much energy is not always a good thing!

For those suffering from high blood pressure, caffeine can have a short, but dramatic effect, and cause it to spike further. Even for those who don’t suffer from high blood pressure will experience this spike.

And for people who struggle to sleep?  Well, it’s probably best you avoid caffeine any time after lunchtime. Caffeine is a well-known stimulant, meaning you’ll be kept alert (and awake) for hours after consumption. According to ‘the sleep doctor’, “It can take from 6-8 hours for the stimulant effects of caffeine to be reduced by one half.”

The Healthiest Coffees

Espresso – This coffee has little to no nutritional value, but that makes it good for people wanting their caffeine kick with no added calories.

Americano – Black Americanos are the second healthiest type of coffee, as they contain no milk. Opt for a sugar-free syrup or sweetener, and the drink contains very few calories. This coffee does have a high caffeine content though – so avoid if you get the jitters easily.

Latte – Lattes are made from a shot of espresso and steamed milk. If you opt for soya milk, or skimmed milk, you’ll reduce the number of calories you’re consuming as opposed to whole milk.

Cappuccino – Made with frothy milk, Cappuccinos are also one shot of espresso and lots of milk. They are similar to lattes, however, have frothy milk instead of steamed milk. This results in the drink having a foamy top. Though not great for losing weight, they do contain plenty of calcium and are a good source of protein!