You have probably heard it said several times that coffee is bad for you. In actual fact – it is not! Too much caffeine might not be all that good for you, and as caffeine is a constituent of coffee, perhaps this is where the idea that coffee is bad for you comes from. Caffeine is a stimulant, and the jolt of energy we get from a good cup of coffee is probably why we like it so much.
But if you don’t like the idea of caffeine – don’t give up the coffee, rather switch to decaffeinated. You will still reap the benefits of the high content of antioxidants in coffee, which is actually the highest source of antioxidants in the diet, even more so than fruit and veggies. And of course you know that antioxidants destroy the free radicals rampaging around in our bodies, causing harm to our health.
So stay with the coffee, it IS good for you. Just take care what you put into that steaming, hot cup of coffee!
A healthier option
Most coffee drinkers follow the usual procedure of adding a bit of milk or cream, and sugar to their particular blend. If you like your coffee sweetened and want to pursue a healthier option, then a great alternative is to sweeten your coffee with honey.Honey is a natural product with a long shelf life, and can also add a subtle flavour to your coffee. Depending on where the hives are, there are several types of honey available, among them citrus and coastal shrubs, each with a particular flavour. Honey also contains vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium, as well as vitamins A, C, and most of the B’s.
Begin by adding a teaspoon of honey into your coffee and stir well. If you need it sweeter, just add more until you are happy with the taste.
Is honey better for you than sugar?
Because of the nutrient and antioxidant qualities, honey is undoubtedly better for you. Sugar is absolutely devoid of any nutrients, and as soon as it hits the stomach, becomes strongly acidic!
Honey actually contains more calories than sugar, but is unlikely to cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, as sugar is known to do. Experts agree that a spike in blood sugar may cause hunger and make you eat, whereas honey could actually be beneficial in weight loss efforts, by not making you hungry when used in coffee.
Other health benefits relating to honey and coffee.
Research as indicated that a mixture of honey and coffee was significantly more effective in relieving a persistent cough than in the steroid control group tests. The treatment was further rated as safe, effective, inexpensive and pleasant tasting. The jury is still out as to why the mixture works so well.
Whatever the reason, the combination of honey and coffee appears to be very effective and is worth a try for a persistent cough.
Bear in mind that a cough that just will not go away in spite of all your best efforts, could require medical intervention to identify the root of the problem.
Natural Medical Journal. Healthyeating.sfgate.com. Honey with coffee: Aslani J, Assari S, Raeessi MA.