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Is coffee good for you?
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According to the Mayo Clinic, the health benefits of coffee include protection against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer. Coffee also seems to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression. In addition, coffee contains antioxidants (source). Antioxidants help to fight against cancer.
Is coffee bad for you?
Although there are many health benefits of coffee, too much caffeine can trigger anxiety, for one thing. Coffee can cause hearburn as well. Coffee can also increase one’s heart rate and blood pressure (source). Typically, coffee is very acidic (although there is some coffee that is less acidic than others). A diet high in acidic foods can lead to disease; it is also a breeding ground for cancer. A balance of acidic and alkaline foods is best, although a more alkaline diet is recommended. Read more about that HERE.
Did you know that dark roasted coffee has less caffeine?
I know, it’s shocking isn’t it? I thought the opposite was true. However, dark roasted coffee has less caffeine because the coffee beans are roasted longer than lighter beans. The longer they are roasted, the more caffeine is burned off. So, if you’re looking to decrease the amount of caffeine you have, choose a dark roasted coffee.
So, are the health benefits of coffee worth it? Well, coffee is acidic but it also contains antioxidants. Everything in moderation I think (well unless it’s really bad for you). I think one or two cups of coffee a day may offer healthy benefits but any more than that may be detrimental to your health. The recommendation is up to 400mg a day (source). Although, you’ll have to decide what is best for you.
If you suffer with high anxiety*, I would suggest steering clear of coffee altogether, unless it is decaf coffee. If you choose to drink decaf, swiss water decaf is best because the caffeine is removed without the aid of chemicals, as opposed to regular decaf coffee that uses chemicals to remove the caffeine.
What coffee is best?
It is best to choose organic coffee. The reason it is important that it is organic is because coffee can contain mold, and mold can cause an array of sicknesses including: eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and phlegm build-up, wheezing and shortness of breath, symptoms of asthma and allergic reactions (source).
I also believe it is best, whenever possible, to choose local, fair trade coffee. When you buy local, you have the opportunity to support small, local businesses. Furthermore, fair trade uses equitable trading practices that are fair for everyone involved.
What About cream and sugar?
So, what if you love your morning coffee but you like it best with cream and sugar and you need to give up cream and sugar because of an intolerance, etc or you want to give up cream and sugar for better health? No worries, I have a solution for you.
Since I can’t have dairy (casein or lactose), I began searching for cream substitutes. I came across something called Coffee Rich. It is a dairy-free cream substitute for coffee. It tastes good and I drank it in my coffee for a couple of years. Then, however, I had a good look at the ingredients and I was really disappointed. I realized it is loaded with chemicals and I wanted a heathier substitution.
I also used to use stevia in my coffee.* Stevia tasted fine, it is a good substitute and, best of all, it has 0 calories! However, I wanted a taste that more closely resembled sugar.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way
So what can you replace cream and sugar with? You can try honey and (canned) coconut milk. That’s what I use and I am very happy with the taste. Honey is a healthy choice because it is a natural sweetener, and it tastes yummy in coffee (well, it tastes yummy in general). Local honey is best as it can help to ease seasonal allergies. Read more about the health benefits of honey.
If you place a can of coconut milk in the fridge, the cream rises to the top and the coconut water settles on the bottom (which you can save to use in a smoothie). I don’t find there is a strong taste of coconut at all (because you don’t want your coffee to taste like coconut, at least not all the time, unless you’re crazy for coconut). The coconut flavour is very mild and it lightens up the coffee perfectly. So, unless you like your coffee black, you can try this healthy substitute instead.
*If you suffer with anxiety, here are 20 ways you can relieve anxiety naturally.
*No need to buy organic stevia, it is more expensive and original stevia is organic anyway.
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Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂