9 Tips for a Healthier Cup of Coffee

9 Tips for a Healthier Cup of Coffee
Try these tips for a health boost in your morning joe.

We like coffee as much as anyone else, but since we drink it so often we wanted to find little ways we could make it a bit healthier—without giving up our morning cup.

Try a paper filter. Coffee contains compounds known as diterpenes, which can cause a rise in your total and LDL cholesterol. Paper filters catch these compounds and stop them from getting into your cup.

Add cocoa. A teaspoon or two of organic unsweetened cocoa stirred into coffee ups the antioxidants in your mug. Cocoa’s health benefits include a reduced risk of heart disease, better control of diabetes, and it’s a good source of magnesium.

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Or add cinnamon. Cinnamon can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. A sprinkle will make your coffee taste great and comes with added health benefits.

Select natural sweetness. Skip the sugar! If you need to sweeten your coffee, reach for natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol. They’re both much sweeter than sugar, so just a tiny amount should be enough.

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Avoid creamer. Using coffee creamer adds unhealthy, non-nutritional ingredients to the beverage, so eliminating the creamer can actually improve that next cup. Nondairy creamers typically contain sugar, corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, sodium, vegetable oils, and sodium aluminosilicate (which is flammable). Reach for organic milk or nut-based milk instead.

Get organic beans. Coffee beans are among the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. Approximately 250 pounds of pesticides per acre are applied to these plants. To avoid exposure to chemical residues, choose organically grown coffee.

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Say no to syrups. Sweet syrups usually contain sugar (or artificial sweeteners), preservatives, and other additives. Even the organic varieties don’t contribute any nutritional value to your beverage. It’s better to flavor your coffee naturally.

Add MCT oil. Medium-chain triglycerides are a healthy form of saturated fatty acid with many health benefits, ranging from improvement in heart health to cognitive function and better weight management. The best source of MCT oil is coconut oil, so add it to your coffee to support your brain and heart.

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Try butter coffee. This new health trend is popping up at cafes and health food stores everywhere. Remember to use it in moderation since one tablespoon equals 100 calories, and make sure the butter is unsalted and from grass-fed cows.