For many of us, coffee has become an essential part of the day. However, the modifications and additions made to your coffee might make it less healthy for you to consume every day. The good news is, it’s still alright to get your daily cuppa – but only if you opt for the wiser kinds. Here are a few tips to make your beverage a bit less guilty.
Don’t Add Additional Sweets
A cup of iced caramel macchiato might be tempting, but the syrups add a lot of sugar to your coffee. So enjoy the following things in moderation: syrups (chocolate, caramel, hazelnut and others), whipped cream, and sprinkles.
Go for Skim Milk
Skim milk has less calories than full cream, which could make a big difference to your weekly caloric intake. “We’re looking at about 50-60 calories difference between full cream and skim milk,” said Joel Feren, dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. “I always say to my patients that it really does add up.”
Opt for Long Black
Better yet, choose a cuppa that only contains coffee ground and water. “At four calories (per 220 millilitre), if drunk without milk and sugar, one or two of these will keep your love of coffee and your diet on track,” said dietitian Susie Burrell.
Don’t Ignore Instant
“The negative effects of caffeine include insomnia, jitteriness, nervousness, irritability, rapid heart rate and headaches,” said dietitian Emily Hardman. So if you want the taste but not the high level of caffeine, instant coffee might be right for you. Compared to other brewing methods, instant coffee contains less caffeine and oils. “One cup of instant coffee contains 60-80mg of caffeine. On the other hand, a ground or brewed coffee contains 60-120mg of caffeine per cup,” said Hardman. Want a completely caffeine-free drink? You can try getting coffee substitute such as caffe d’orzo or herbal teas.