7 Coffee Ingredients You Need to Avoid Adding to Your Cup
The National Coffee Association reveals that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee every day. On average, Americans drink over three cups daily. While coffee is rich in antioxidants and has many health benefits, what you put in it will affect its nutritional value.
Undoubtedly, some ingredients make your coffee taste better. However, you'll be risking weight gain, blood pressure, and blood sugar spikes with some of these ingredients. To avoid these serious side effects, Eat This, Not That! says beware of the worst things to put in your coffee.
Worst Ingredients To Put In Your Coffee
Shelf-stable creamers contain additives for preservation. Sodium phosphate is one of those additives that can cause heart problems. That's why it's included in the list of the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen of food additives.
If you have existing kidney or heart diseases, better to skip this one. Instead, try plant-based milk like oat, almond, and soy milk.
Real milk, half-and-half, and cream make a lot of coffee drinkers happy. Cow's milk is a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D, so you're adding nutritional value. However, flavored creams make some even happier, but these are loaded with sugar.
One tablespoon of a flavored creamer has five grams of sugar already. If you add more, the sugar content of your cup of coffee negates its benefits. For vegans, consider coconut milk instead.
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Flavored syrups contain next to zero nutritional value. Eat This, Not That! cites Dunkin Donuts' Chai tea syrup as a bad example. A latte already has seven grams of sugar. Adding Chai tea syrup increases the sugar content to 58 grams.
A serving of caramel syrup, a favorite of many, contains 25 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, the daily sugar limit is 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men. Don't make the flavored syrup a habit.
Condensed milk is added to popular drinks like Vietnamese Iced Coffee. Two tablespoons of condensed milk have 130 calories and 22 grams of sugar. That's like eating a Hershey bar.
White sugar is the most straightforward sweetener. However, we all know that too much sugar can lead to diabetes and weight gain. Switching to brown sugar is already an improvement. Bustle also recommends healthier options like honey, cinnamon, stevia, and agave nectar.
Specialty drinks are usually topped with clouds of whipped cream. While undoubtedly yummy, they add unnecessary calories, fat, and sugar to your already flavored drink.
You may experience a sugar spike, and that's never a good thing, especially at the start of your day. HuffPost suggests a simple Americano is good enough to wake you up.
Oil-Based Keto Creamers
The keto diet remains buzzy but not everything labeled "keto" is healthy. Keto creamers are often heavy on saturated fat. One gram of it can contain up to 10 grams of saturated fat, and that's half of the recommended daily limit already. Other creamers have lower fat content, like plant-based milk.