How to Keep Coffee Healthy

By Anna Phillips

As I sit down to write this, I have a cup of coffee at my side. The rich aroma drifts out of the cup encouraging me to get going. I am sure many of you also depend on that morning cup of coffee to awaken your senses.

Obviously, coffee can be healthy, but often we find ways to make it unhealthy. This does not mean you have to drink it black. If you want to, more power to you. But, if you still want to add a little something to your morning cup, there are options. Tara Milhem, holistic health coach, registered yoga teacher, and studying dietitian offers insight on how to keep your coffee healthy.

So where do most people go wrong with their coffee intake? Milhem says that many people go to get a coffee and come out with a sugar mountain of whipped cream, milk, and artificial sweeteners. “You can make your coffee much healthier by switching to almond or rice milk over dairy,” said Milhem. “Dairy causes inflammation and bloating in the body leaving you weak and susceptible to illness, so skip the whip and try adding Stevia instead of Sweet ‘n’ Low and Splenda.”

Coffee is often times replaced with frappes and lattes and a variety of other drinks full of artificial sweeteners and sugar. Gone is the rich deep flavor of coffee and instead sits a light frothy flavor reminiscent of sugar. Syrups upon syrups dilute coffee’s health benefits. Whether at home or out on the town, Milhem reminds us that the healthiest coffee we can drink is the one that is free of dairy and as pure as possible. “Having a cold-brewed coffee would be the best option; hot brewing coffee makes it over 70% more acidic, which can cause disease in the body,” said Milhem.

Coffee has a stimulant, caffeine, which is why most of us love it. Addressing this, Tara Milhem says that having coffee 3 to 4 times a week would be ideal over daily consumption due to the caffeine content. Caffeine isn’t always bad, but beware of overconsumption. Even when we abide by the 3 to 4 times a week rule, we still need to make sure to consume plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

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