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Tips for Healthy Coffee Drinking

A steaming cup of coffee in the morning is the comforting way many of us start the day and has often been considered a guilty pleasure. Now we know that it may actually be beneficial to our health when prepared and consumed properly.

Scientists have identified thousands of beneficial antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, and hundreds more develop during the roasting process. Recent studies,have found coffee may decrease cardiovascular mortality, partly because of its anti-inflammatory properties.There is evidence of improved cognitive function and memory. Coffee may protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer. The most recent studies show a reduced stroke risk and may help protect against prostate and endometrial cancers. There are even indications of improved eyesight.

It appears it is time to re-evaluate the positive effects of drinking coffee. Of course, the way we drink our coffee is key to reaping these benefits.

Healthiest Way to Drink Coffee

The healthiest way to drink coffee is black without all those alluring additives on the market. cream and sugar add unnecessary calories and fat. Some of the flavored creamers contain chemicals, oils and corn syrup.

Here are some tips to make coffee drinking healthier

Skip the cream and sugar

A good alternative to sugar is organic stevia for sweetness and unsweetened non dairy milk is a healthy substitute for creaminess. You could also use organic honey.

Skipping sugar will make coffee drinking healthier Try alternatives for sweetness. Photo by Kurtis Garbutt

Keep it real

Avoid artificial sweeteners which are loaded with chemicals and have been linked to disease. Read the labels carefully. If it is made with substances other than botanical, it may have harmful properties.

Too much of a good thing?

You should limit your consumption to 2 or 3 cups a day. Caffeine is beneficial to your body in many ways, but too much in one day can be more than your body needs or wants. Some people fare very well on 4-5 cups a day. If you are one of those people, enjoy! Listen to your body.

Say Goodnight

Don’t drink coffee after 2 PM as it is a stimulant and can disrupt sleep. Choose decaf for later in the day.

Keep it light

Lighter roast coffees have more anti oxidants. If you truly love those hearty dark roasts, limit yourself to one a day, with the lighter roast being your mainstay.

Be Spicy

Add cinnamon for flavor. It also has properties that can lower blood glucose and cholesterol. The flavor blends well with coffee and it will lessen your need for sweeteners.

Spices add to a healthier coffee drinking Spice up your daily coffee with some cinnamon! Photo by Steven Depolo

Go Natural

Use Organic coffee whenever possible to avoid exposure to pesticides, herbicides and other toxins. Fair Trade growers are also recommended because of the regulations that must be followed.

Love that chocolate

Add antioxidant rich, unsweetened cocoa for deep flavor.

Flavor First

Flavored coffees that are enhanced during roasting with extracts and spices are a healthy alternative to adding sugary syrups and the taste is deeper into the brew. If you are partial to Vanilla, choose the bean, not the bottle.

The Best Way to Drink Coffee with Gourmesso

Gourmesso capsules work with most Nespresso®* machines and, by design, adhere to many of these healthy coffee tips.

The coffee is specially roasted, ground and packaged in air and light proof packaging which preserves not only the flavor of the coffee but also its anti oxidant properties. The flavors are added naturally during the roasting process and are not created with added syrups or sugar. There is a fine selection of coffees from Fair Trade growers. This could be the healthiest way to drink coffee because single serve technology insures a fresh brew, sustaining the coffee’s benefits.

The best way to drink this coffee is just the way it comes into your cup:fresh, rich and flavorful.

That morning cup is more than just a treat with which to start the day. It is actually good for you.

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