Is your morning cup of coffee really good for you?

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Ok, when people see a cup of coffee in my hand they say YOU drink coffee?  As if it is really bad for you – but actually there are many studies showing the benefits of coffee!  I tell them, in moderation, coffee actually is good for you!  I usually have it just black and then enjoy it with a high-fiber breakfast cookie to balance the sweetness – yum! 

There is some great research about coffee including lower risk for type 2 diabetes, reduced risk of stroke, several types of cancers and possibly cardiovascular disease (although research on the relationship between coffee and heart disease is somewhat mixed).

Coffee may even help boost brain function and may be linked to lowering the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

While the potential health benefits of coffee are still being researched, scientist link it back to coffee’s rich blend of antioxidants – decaf and caffeinated.  To be safe just keep caffeinated coffee to three cups or less.

 

What do you add to your cup of coffee?

As we know what you add to anything can over mind the benefits of the product – especially all the creamers and sugars you can add to your cup of joe.  Just in one serving of coffee creamer you could add an extra 60 to 100 calories then once you add the sugar it can be even more.  Plus many of those coffee creamers still contain partially hydrogenated fat aka, the bad trans fat!  Even though it may still say 0 gms of trans fat on the label – the ingredient still lists partially hydrogenated fat further down in the listing.  A product can still be considered “trans fat free”  IF it contains 0.5 gms or less.  

So how do you get some flavor without adding all the creamers and sugar?  Believe me I have been using just a little bit of creamer for quite some time, and don’t mind a tiny bit once in a while but here is a great trick where you can totally skip both!

 

I watch lots of Food Network’s cooking shows and was impressed by Melissa D’Arabian tip from her mom about coffee.   Get this – you can add seasonings with your coffee grounds while brewing!  I have done cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, cinnamon maple and many more!  Boy, does the house smell good while brewing!

 

Just add a 1/4  to 1/2 tsp of seasoning to the grounds and brew.  I added some frothed warmed milk and it was delightful!  Now you can of course buy many flavored coffees but this is also a money-saving-tip and I personally think you get way more flavor in your coffee.  Try it out and enjoy your cup of coffee!

 

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