As the temperature drops, it feels so good to warm up with a cup of hot coffee. But, how much coffee is too much? And, what can you do to make sure that you’re getting the healthiest cup of coffee you can?
Do: Get Health Benefits from Coffee. In addition to warming you up and adding a little oomph to your day, coffee also comes with a load of health benefits. For example, it’s a top source of antioxidants according to one recent study. Coffee can also protect against type 2 diabetes, liver disease and cancer, in addition to promoting heart health.
Don’t: Destroy the Goodness In Coffee. Heads up, the health benefits come from actual coffee, not a pumpkin spice latte with extra whipped cream. To preserve the benefits, minimize the amount of artificial or refined sweeteners you add (although coffee with a touch of honey is fantastic), and cut back on the amount of milk in your coffee to keep calories low.
Do: Prepare Coffee with a Filter. When you prep your joe with a filter, you keep a compound called cafestol out of your coffee. Coffee made in a French press has high levels of cafestol – so do Turkish and boiled preparations. Cafestol is the oily part of coffee that can raise bad cholesterol, and darker roasts have less cafestol than lighter roasts.
Don’t: Guzzle It If You Have Certain Conditions. Everyone’s tolerance for the caffeine in coffee differs, but people who are prone to anxiety and depression probably shouldn’t reach for that second or third cup, as it can exacerbate those conditions.
Do: Buy Fresh, Organic, and Fair Trade. You’re not only guaranteeing that the coffee you’re drinking was grown without the use of pesticides that are harmful for you and the environment, but you’re also making sure that the farmers who work hard to grow your coffee get paid a fair price and can make a living wage. While that may not have immediate health benefits, it’s certainly good for your soul.
As for instant coffee? Currently, more research is needed to determine if instant coffee is better for you than making coffee from fresh beans. For now, nothing indicates that instant coffee is any worse. The clear, good news is there’s no reason to stop enjoying your morning cup of coffee, as long as you enjoy it in moderation.
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Julie Sacks is the Founder and CEO of Vie. Julie took the big leap from a successful career in publishing and marketing to become a Meditation teacher and Well-being entrepreneur, creating a modern movement for well-being. Launching a multistage business plan, starting with Vie’s website LiveYourVie.com, a growing community that includes experts, partners and thought leaders on mind, body, and soul. The site offers educational and inspirational content, celebrity interviews with doctors, athletes and chefs – all focused on how to live your healthiest and happiest life. Vie is purpose driven, and donates 10% of all profits back to the community in a partnership with the Sylvia Center, an organization which inspires children to eat well – so that they may lead healthy and productive lives. “Vie” is French for life.