The usual morning habit for most of the people is drinking coffee. Coffee is quite beneficial due to its abundance of antioxidants. However, this drink can be both healthy and unhealthy depending on the way it is prepared. The same applies for tea also.
You can make sure you are drinking a healthy coffee if you keep to the following 8 tips for preparing a brain-healthy coffee:
1. Avoid Refined Coffee or Tea
Nowadays, both of these agricultural crops are inclined to be sprayed with various pesticides. That is why you should always choose organic coffee or tea over refined ones if you don’t want to drink anything else, but just coffee or tea.
2. Avoid Sugar
We might all be familiar with the fact that sugar is not beneficial for our health. However, if you can drink coffee without sugar, you should just choose some healthier alternative. Organic coconut sugar (3grams sugar per teaspoon) is a great substitute for both white and brown sugar (4 grams). It is not a huge difference, however, it means that you can lower sugar intake by 25% over a longer period of time. Coconut sugar also stimulates sugar metabolism due to its ingredients like chromium and many other natural minerals. Still, there is an even better sugar substitute. It is a herb called Stevia and does not contain sugar, and is also brain-healthy.
3. Avoid Coffee Whitener
If you don’t want to consume trans fats that can damage your brain, you should definitely avoid coffee whitener. It is produced from genetically modified corn syrup solids which usually contain these fats. Trans fats are not required to be stated by the coffee whitener companies due to its small amount.
However, by consuming it a couple of times a day, every day, for a longer period of time the amount only gets bigger, which is not beneficial for your health.
4. Avoid Cow’s Milk
If you drink your coffee with milk the best alternative is to use almond, organic soy, or rice milk. Cow’s milk is not the best choice because it is high in fats, but the other alternatives are all low-fat milk.
5. Avoid Whipped Cream
If you care about the calories intake you should always skip adding a whip to your coffee. If you drink one coffee with a whip a day you will intake 36,500 extra calories throughout the whole year, that is around 100 calories in one cup of coffee.
6. Avoid Sugar-free Syrups and Artificial Sweeteners
Sugar-free syrups usually consist of some dangerous synthetic sweeteners, such as Sweet’N Low, Splenda or Amino Sweet. According to Duke University scientists, Splenda (sucralose) stimulates weight gain, which is the contrary of what is thought for ages. This sugar substitute is accumulated by fat cells and decreases intestinal flora by 50%, which leads to inflammatory conditions – as well as brain diseases.
In addition, Sweet’N Low (saccharin) is a coal tar derivate which leads to breathing and skin issues and can cause headaches, and diarrhea. Similarly, Amino Sweet is related to various health issues, such as depression, headaches, migraines, fatigue, joint pain, brain tumors, and many others.
7. Avoid Flavored Syrups
Weight gain and obesity may be a result of these syrups because they contain high fructose corn syrup. They are also made of flavors which are not natural, but artificial, and preservatives, like potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. The first one is proven to be genotoxic and mutagenic, which means that it can harm genetic materials and cause mutations.The second one transforms in carcinogen benzene
8. Choose Fair Trade
If you want to have a clear conscience make sure you always choose fair trade coffee. It is the second most traded good on the commodity market. This means that exploiting labor is present in the process of its growth and harvesting.