Health-a-bet: C is for Coffee

Coffee drinkers have heard both sides of the health controversy from “it will stunt your growth” to brain boosting benefits. The truth is, more research has to be done on this topic, but lately, signs point to brew.

Coffee drinkers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can feel good about their morning cup of joe. New studies suggest a decreased risk of Parkinson’s, liver cancer, and type II diabetes associated with a daily dose of caffeine. That being said, even a good thing can be dangerous in moderation. In order to prevent sleeplessness, anxiety, and gastrointestinal issues, it’s advised to keep consumption limited to a maximum of four cups per day.

Coffee brewed at home with a paper filter is best, but there is something to be said for the local coffee shop as well.  As with all things delicious, it can come with a calorie-laden price. Here are my best tips for keeping the guilt low with all the joy of your beloved beverage.

  1. True Americano- It’s just espresso and water. It’s got some kick, but it’ll get the job done, without any extra fru-fru.
  2. Lean-o Cappuccino- not completely innocent, but still a wiser choice than a latte, which is made up of mostly steamed milk.
  3. Café au lait all the way- (pronounced “oh-lay”) This steamy option is simply coffee with steamed milk, and comes at only around 50 calories, as opposed to a latte, which can pack about 300.
  4. Go Topless- Skip the whipped cream and caramel sauce on your drink and avoid needing an extra 30 minutes on the bike to make up for it.
  5. Ice is Nice- Iced coffee is a great choice, because you can add a splash of skim milk and a teaspoon of sugar for a refreshing dose of caffeine, and avoid the 400-700 frozen calorie bombs.
  6. Stick to the basics- When requesting a pump of syrup, stick to the basic flavors like caramel, raspberry, chocolate, and hazelnut, because you can usually ask for the sugar free option in these flavors.

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