If you like having that first cup of java at home as you contemplate the day ahead, you’re in good company: around 79% of Americans drink their coffee at home. While there are obvious cost-saving benefits to drinking your brew of choice at home, there are some health benefits that go alongside it, such as the choice of ingredients. While there is still much of a debate regarding the health benefits of coffee, it’s clear that the decision to boost the health benefits of coffee lies with us.
Mocha Choca Without All Those Calories
Coffee and cocoa are two beans that just know how to perk up a day and are so closely intertwined by the amount of pleasure they provide to the consumer, they might as well grow on the same plant. If you go to a coffee bar or restaurant and order a drink that combines the two, there’s a good chance it’s loaded with sugar and trans fat. Instead, add a dash of cocoa to your home brew. This means that you remain in control of the accompanying flavor boosters such as the different types of milk and natural sweeteners.
Quality Over Quantity
One of the pros of choosing your beans from trusted suppliers, is that you know what you’re getting. Choosing instant coffee can be somewhat of a risk, as some brands include many other ingredients to bring the overall cost of the product down, which could affect the quality. It could also mean that you’re ingesting ingredients you wouldn’t ordinarily want to. Choose a supplier that sources their beans from reputable growers. You may have to try a selection of coffee from more than one provider to find your optimal varietal.
Reusable Filters Are Great, But Paper Is Healthier
While it may seem like a good idea to go for reusable filters in an effort to place less pressure on the environment, health reasons might just trump the motivation here. The paper removes two compounds in coffee: cafestol and kahweol. These components are known to raise both total and LDL cholesterol levels. For those trying to keep these levels in check, the filters may make a big change in their overall health. Paper filters can be composted, so disposing of them correctly can help you minimize the associated environmental impact.
Coffee has long been lauded as the pick-me-upper of choice, and with so many options out there, it’s hard to find the healthiest options. But a few quick changes will reduce the cup of java’s overall calorie count, artificial ingredients and unwelcome components.