Many people ask, can drinking coffee be healthy? The answer, “yes”. Just as with drinking alcohol, you only want to consume coffee in moderation, and, ONLY drink organic coffee. Non-organic, commercially processed coffee is sprayed with more pesticides and chemicals than any other food product. Which means that with every cup you drink, you are pouring a boat load of toxic chemicals into your body, which forces your body to hold on to fat stores to protect your from all the many harmful effects of over-toxicity.
In addition to only drinking organic coffee, keep your cup of coffee to just a cup, meaning 8 fluid ounces, not a 16 ounce or 24 ounce monster size cup. To keep you coffee intake at healthy levels, I recommend no more than 1 to 1-1/2 cups daily (8 to 12 ounces).
Now, what about all those coffee add-ins? For starters, completely skip sugar, aspartame, sucralose, etc. If you need to sweeten you coffee, I recommend a tiny pinch of real stevia (not stevia blends, which contain dextrose and other unwanted sweeteners), or a pinch of coconut sugar (very low glycemic level and much healthier than commercially processed sugar), or a drizzle of real maple syrup (any grade). If you can’t palate coffee without a ton of added sugar, you have a sugar addiction which you should seriously consider addressing.
If you like to add milk or creamer to your coffee, absolutely avoid any and all artificially flavored creamers, powdered creamers and regular milk. These products are loaded with hydrogenated oils, corn syrup and other chemicals, making this a disastrous coffee add-in. Instead, opt for organic milk or cream; non-dairy options (rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk); or real coconut cream. You can even try drizzling in a bit of organic coconut oil, for a very tasty and healthy cup of morning java.
And, lastly, for healthy flavor add-ins, try sprinkling in a bit of ground cinnamon, raw cocoa powder or organic turmeric. All taste great on their own, or with the addition of any of the other above mentioned healthy coffee add-ins. Not only do these add-ins add yummy flavors, they provide you with a plethora of amazing health benefits, as well.
So, yes, coffee can be a healthy addition to your healthy diet and lifestyle. Just keep it healthy by avoiding all those sugars and other artificial ingredients; drink in moderation; and make your add-in choices organic.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews