If you think of your morning coffee ritual as a bad habit, I have some good news for you: There are legit health benefits associated with having a cup of joe.
For almost a decade, studies have consistently shown the benefits of coffee consumption, including increased mortality, improved liver health and reduced risk of brain-related conditions, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D. Thing is, these studies are talking about pure, black coffee not foamy, caramel-topped PSLs.
With so many artificially flavored creamers and funky sugars masquerading as health foods out there (we see you, brown sugar), our morning Joe can quickly transform from a much-needed energy boost to an empty-calorie bomb.
Not all of us are coffee purists, though and that's okay! To make your coffee break as healthy and soul-soothing as possible, try one (or more) of these java upgrades.