Your morning coffee provides an opportunity to boost your metabolism and give you a head start on cloudy mornings. Coffee is naturally stimulating, thanks to its caffeine content, and it contains a wealth of antioxidants that keep cells and your organs functioning well.
But, unless you’re drinking straight-up plain black coffee, the ingredients that you add to your coffee can make or break it if you’re trying to lose weight.
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Half and Half
Many coffee drinkers prefer a rich, creamy cup of coffee to one that is strong and black. While that’s understandable, the idea that using Half and Half — which is made up of half cream and half whole milk — is a far healthier alternative isn’t exactly true.
While it’s accurate to say that Half and Half saves you calories if you’re used to taking your coffee with creamer, it’s still a lot higher in calories and fat than milk and milk alternatives.
According to Live Strong: “Half and half contains 315 calories per cup, or 20 calories per tbsp. By comparison, whole milk has 146 calories per cup, or 9 calories per tbsp.”
One cup of half and half also contains 28 grams of fat, 17 grams of which are saturated, according to Live Strong. By comparison, whole milk has 8 grams of fat (5 grams of saturated fat). Saturated fat, along with sugar, are two ingredients that are linked to weight gain and visceral fat around the belly and back.
There are a number of better, healthier alternatives to jazz up that cup of coffee. Stay away from non-dairy creamers, which can contain trans fats that cause weight gain and are linked to other health issues. Sticking with low-fat milk, almond milk, soy, flax, or oat milk is a surefire way to create a creamy cup of coffee without all of the added fat and calories.