Healthy coffee may seem like a contradiction in itself. After all, coffee has been known to contain substances that can lead to headaches, irritability, mild insomnia, restlessness and palpitations, to name just a few side effects. Then again, we have to emphasize that these adverse symptoms are often the result of excessive consumption of caffeine and when the individual is susceptible to said symptoms in the first place.
The good news is that coffee is actually healthy for your mind and body. Among its other health benefits are lesser risks for chronic degenerative diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and cardiovascular illnesses; safe weight loss; and even cirrhosis. Plus, there are also other things that can be done to make coffee healthy.
Use Fresh Beans
The logic behind using fresh beans is that most, if not all, of the beneficial ingredients present in coffee are still intact in these beans. Thus, we suggest roasting your own coffee beans at home instead of going for the instant mixes sold in supermarkets.
However, just because you are roasting the beans does not necessarily mean that all of the beneficial ingredients will remain. You have to keep the green beans inside an airtight container and then stored in a cool, dry and dark place. You must also use the roasted beans after 2 days to enjoy the flavorful taste and health benefits of healthy coffee.
Nowadays, there are many spices that can be added to coffee to make it more flavorful. For coffee connoisseurs, the addition of these spices make for base, middle and top notes in the coffee’s taste similar to the perfume notes for the nose.
But aside from the fact that the spices add flavors to coffee, you can actually enjoy a healthier cup of java in two ways. On one hand, you will not be adding sugar and other artificial sweeteners to the coffee as the spices already have a sweetness of their own. On the other hand, you already have healthy coffee because the spices have health benefits of their own.
These spices and their health benefits include:
• Cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth, boosts cognitive function and stops yeast infections
• Cardamom improves digestion, detoxifies the body and helps in the treatment of asthma
• Anise relieves nasal congestion, improves on digestion and helps relieve flatulence
• Cloves are known for their antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as its ability to improve male sexual performance
• Nutmeg improves in brain functions, helps in the treatment of upset stomach and treat muscle pains
Indeed, if it is healthy coffee that you want, then we suggest using these spices instead of your usual white and brown sugar, even honey, as well as dairy creamer. If you must use a dairy product, we suggest using soy milk instead.