By: Sarah Hussey
Coffee is a popular choice for college students; it is often a source of comfort and energy when it comes to late night cramming for exams. Coffee itself actually is a significant source of antioxidants and may decrease the risk of type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, according to WebMD. However, coffee can quickly turn into an unhealthy beverage, as coffee often contains artificial sweeteners and ingredients. Adding cream and sugar, for example, are easy ways to make you coffee less healthy. In general, according to Livestrong Website, there are 52 calories in each tablespoon of cream and 11 calories in each packet of sugar. Luckily, there are many ways to make coffee healthier, so that we can still enjoy the beverage that helps us through our hours of studying. Listed below are some suggestions from Cleveland Clinic and Livestrong.com.
-Replace sugar with honey or agave nectar.
-Add cinnamon to assist in blood sugar regulation.
-Add cardamom for an extra boost of nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium.
-Add unsweetened cocoa powder for a boost of iron and magnesium.
-Use a lower fat milk, such as skim or 1%. Alternatively, use unsweetened almond or soymilk.
-When ordering coffee at a café, stick to the non-sugar syrups and nonfat milk.
-When making coffee, use a paper filter to lessen cholesterol intake. Unfiltered coffee contains a high amount of cholesterol.
-Drink coffee in moderation, as too much caffeine can have damaging effects to the body over time. Mayoclinic.com says that 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day can be safely consumed.
Take these suggestions into consideration and drink coffee in moderation. Stay away from the artificial ingredients and you will get a better tasting drink as well as a healthier option!