A cup of coffee in the morning provides antioxidants and can actually speed up your metabolism and get you ready to tackle the day. But, unless you’re drinking your coffee plain and black, the ingredients you add to your cup play a role in either boosting those benefits you’re getting or taking away from them.
With so many coffee additives to choose from — and everything from creamer to cinnamon at your disposal – choosing the right coffee topping can get confusing. This is the one thing you’re doing to your coffee that’s making it “super” unhealthy.
You’re Adding Too Much Sugar
One of the most popular coffee additives — sugar — is also the one that can wreck your metabolism , cause inflammation, and make your blood sugar levels spike, which just sends you crashing a few hours later.
According to Spoon University, “67 percent of coffee drinkers are using caloric add-ins like creamer, sugar, sweeteners, or half and half.” And those coffee drinkers also happen to consume an extra 70 calories more than those who do not spike their coffee with sweeteners like sugar.
When we drink our calories, we tend to misjudge exactly how much sugar we are consuming. And the big problem with doing that is that it can be all too easy to exceed the recommended daily allowance of added sugar.
According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons, or 100 calories, of added sugar each day. The daily allowance for men is 9 teaspoons. If you tend to drink two cups of coffee each day and add about two teaspoons per cup, you have already nearly exceed your daily allowance — and that’s before lunchtime.
If you’d like to avoid adding too much sugar in your coffee, but aren’t a fan of drinking it straight and black, try adding a dash or two of cinnamon and dark chocolate cocoa to your cup. Both additives give your coffee a sweet zing — and have antioxidants and health benefits that you won’t find in sugar.