If you are trying to lose weight, you probably keep asking yourself: “Should I cut back on coffee as well?”
The answer is really simple: It depends on the type of coffee you regularly drink. The nutritional expert, Charlize Roberts, says that a plain cup of brewed coffee has only 2 calories — and no fat!
But when you ‘dress up’ your coffee with fattening extras, whether at home, or at your favorite coffee store, you also add extra calories.
See below how many gruesome calories can add to your coffee only 1 tablespoon of these extras:
• heavy whipping cream adds up to 52 calories
• table sugar adds 49 calories
• half-and-half adds 20 calories
• fat-free milk adds 5 calories
So, next time you stop by at your nearby coffee shop carefully check out the nutritional info before you order. Some coffee drinks are more like desserts than a simple coffee cup, and can have hundreds of unwanted calories. Occasional indulgence is fine, I agree, but remember that when it comes to weight loss, all calories count — even calories in liquid form!
Recent studies have shown that coffee may have health benefits such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants as well.
Regrettably, for those of you who are addicted coffee lovers, the research has also shown serious negative effects of overdrinking your ‘cup of coffee.’ Pay attention: A recent report in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings warns of potential harm, specifically increased risk of premature death for men under age 55 who drink more than 28 cups of coffee a week, or an average of 4 cups a day.
Some might consider this many cups a day excessive while others might see it as not far from the norm.
One of the limitations of the report, however, is that it does not account for dietary or socioeconomic factors. However, it does factor in smoking, exercise and chronic diseases such as high blood pressure (HBP) and diabetes. The results show that heavier coffee drinkers are more likely to be smokers and to be less fit.
So, if you are a heavy coffee drinker, you may need to take a step back, and assess how coffee drinking fits into your lifestyle.
Here are a few questions to think about:
• Is your coffee consumption to compensate for poor quality or too little sleep? Or is the caffeine possibly causing the sleep disturbance?
• Is your coffee sweetened with cream, sugar or syrup? If so, you are likely drinking more calories than you realize. This may be causing unwanted weight gain, which in turn may increase your risk of weight-related diseases.
• Is coffee replacing healthy meals or snacks? Are you skipping breakfast or healthy snacks and relying instead on caffeine to keep you going throughout the day?
What is your takeaway from this?Will you change your habits, perhaps trying to moderate your coffee consumption?
Or will you wait to decide until there has been more research on coffee consumption and health risks?
We all know very well that coffee choices are nearly limitless. You can choose from plain, flavored, whipped, topped, iced, and even frozen versions of the coffee treat. Of course, how you choose to dress up your coffee makes all the difference in calories, fat and sugar.
If you are watching your weight gain and loss, consider sticking to basic black coffee. A plain cup of brewed coffee contains no fat, and only a couple of calories of which nobody really cares about.
Every now and then a little caffeine doze is guaranteed to wake you up or instantly refresh you. While straight coffee can cause stomach irritability, jitters and an inevitable crash, adding a few healthy items to it, such as freshly-ground cinnamon powder and fresh coconut milk, can help it to replenish you, ‘wake you up before you go-go’, and ward off any negative effects on your overall health.
This recipe will be real easy on your stomach, and will give you a healthy jolt of energy to keep you going all day long!
CINNAMON SPICED COFFEE WITH COCONUT MILK RECIPE
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• ½ tsp cardamom
• 4 cups coffee (your favorite roast) or herbal coffee
• 1 cup vanilla hemp protein powder
• 10 dates
• 2 cups coconut milk
1. Brew coffee with spices.
2. Blend coffee, coconut milk, dates and hemp powder in a high speed blender until smooth.
3. Enjoy each morning to wake you up, energize you and keep you feeling satisfied, without the crash.
4. The amount makes a pitcher to get you through an entire week.
To your excellent health!
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