Coffee is an integral part of many people’s morning routine. Whether it’s for the caffeine or the flavor or maybe even the aroma, coffee is a morning staple. According to recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 50% of Americans drink coffee on a regular basis. Coffee itself has many nutritional benefits in addition to the caffeine boost (especially low-acid coffee!), but some of the things we put in our coffee might counteract its nutritional benefits.
About 65% of coffee drinkers add sugar, cream, flavorings and other high-calorie substances to their coffee. These items tend to have little nutritional value and excess refined sugar; something everyone should limit in their diet, especially those on a low-acid diet. Those who drink their coffee black consume about 69 fewer total calories per day on average, than those who add sweeteners or cream to their coffee. Although this may seem like a small amount of calories, if coffee is part of your daily routine these calories add up over time.
Drinking your coffee black is the healthiest option, but we know that switching to black coffee after using a sweet French vanilla creamer for years is no easy task. Try your morning coffee with just a dash of fat free half and half or a dairy alternative like SO Delicious creamer, and no added sugar!