There is a lot of debate out there about the health of coffee, but regardless of which side is correct, I am a coffee fan and probably always will be.
I doubt a caffeine addiction is the healthiest habit, but as a homeschooling mom and a working mom, I require it. I generally try to keep things healthy, so I always look for ways to make what I eat healthier.
Coffee can be unhealthy in a lot of ways-particularly if a lot of sugar and flavorings are added to the mixture. By minimizing these things, you can make coffee healthy, or at least a little healthier.
How to Make Healthy Coffee
Here are a few additional ways you can make healthy coffee:
Use Robusta Beans
A study I read recently indicated that Robusta beans are healthier than Arabica beans because they are better for your teeth. Robusta beans are able to provide a biofilm that helps prevent the build up of plaque on your teeth.
However, the study also said that the acid in coffee can be bad for your teeth, so take care to rinse with water after drinking (brushing could make it worse).
Don’t Add Sugar
Sugar (including sugar from milk) is bad for you in a lot of ways. Sugar not only leads to weight gain, but it also can destroy any beneficial effects of coffee on your teeth.
Stop Drinking Coffee in the Afternoon
I usually don’t have a problem falling asleep at night because I am pretty much exhausted all the time, but drinking coffee later in the day can cause insomnia in some. I try not to have coffee past 4 PM, but some days you’ll find me drinking coffee as late as 6 PM if I have a lot of night work. My mom always swore that coffee after 2 PM kept her up at night, so my guess is that the time varies from person to person.
Make It Yourself
Coffee that you make at home, that is black and made with filtered water, is naturally going to be much healthier than coffee from a store that is full of sugar and fat. Coffee from a coffee shop will also be much less healthy on your wallet.
Drink Dark Roast Coffee
Another study found that when study participants drank dark roasted coffee rather than light roasted coffee, they actually saw more health benefits. Dark roasts contained more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Surprisingly, individuals who drank dark roasts also saw less weight gain. All roasts of coffee led to reductions in diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, which I found quite surprising.
My Favorite Coffee Recipe
I’m not the biggest fan of black coffee. That extra kick of acid tends to turn my stomach (particularly with the lighter roasts). So, even thought it’s not the best for my teeth, I drink coffee with cream in it. I like to add about a teaspoon or two of heavy whipping cream to my coffee in the morning. The sugar in the milk is just enough to reduce some of the acidity in my stomach without making it taste sweet, which I dislike.
Monkey also has a coffee recipe from when she was a tiny child. For some reason, she was quite into coffee as a preschooler. This was always her recipe:
Coffee, and sugar, and stir it, and milk.
Stirring in the sugar before adding the milk was a very important step in her recipe!
So there you have it! If you’re a coffee lover, you don’t have to feel bad about the habit as long as you don’t put in a lot of sugar too often. You can make healthy coffee and still get that extra energy you need to complete the day.
Are you a coffee drinker? What’s your favorite recipe?
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