Many of us can’t fathom starting our days without a cup or two of coffee. And, while the antioxidant-rich beverage contains plenty of health benefits all on its own, there are coffee additives that can makes your cup of Joe even better.
Before you add another tablespoon of sugar or non-dairy creamer to your coffee, try this trick — this is the one thing you should add to your coffee for a better day.
Bonus: it tastes amazing and decadent (you won’t miss sugar one bit).
All on its own, coffee contains caffeine that boosts your metabolism and antioxidants like hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols that can neutralize free radicals, prevent oxidative stress, and help prevent health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
But when you add heaps of sugar to coffee, or even creamer (which contains added sugar), these additives subtract from coffee’s benefits. They can also slow down your metabolism and spike blood sugar levels.
But dunking a piece of dark chocolate into your cup of coffee — though it may seem like more of a dessert — actually has numerous benefits.
Unlike milk chocolate, which can be high in sugar, dark chocolate is surprisingly low in sugar and contains a wealth of nutrients.
According to Healthline, some of its nutritional benefits include:
11 grams of fiber
67% of the RDI for iron
58% of the RDI for magnesium
89% of the RDI for copper
98% of the RDI for manganese
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
Similar to coffee, dark chocolate also packs antioxidants and minimal amounts of caffeine.
“Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants,” reports Healthline. “These include polyphenols, flavanols and catechins, among others. One study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than any other fruits tested, which included blueberries and acai berries.”
For the most nutritional benefits, search for dark chocolate that boasts a cacao content of 70 percent or higher. There are a few ways to combine chocolate and coffee, but there’s also this simple, fool-proof method: drop a square of dark chocolate directly into your cup of hot coffee, allow it to melt, and sit back, relax, and enjoy this tasty, nutritious treat.