5 Ways To Make Your Coffee Habit Healthier

african american man sitting with a cup of coffee on the counterIs your morning cup of Joe good for you? In short, yes. On its own, coffee – consumed by 64 percent of Americans at least once a day – is packed with health-giving antioxidants. In fact, there’s a myriad of research suggesting that coffee drinkers have an 11 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers, thanks to ingredients that can affect levels of hormones involved in metabolism.

In one study, researchers discovered that people who drank anywhere from three to five cups daily lowered their risk of heart attack. A more recent study found a 12 percent lower risk of death in their sample group of those who drank one cup of coffee a day compared to those in the study who had an 18 percent lower risk drinking two to three cups.

“We found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death from heart disease, from cancer, from stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and kidney disease,” said Veronica Setiawan, associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and a co-author of the research told The Guardian.

However, experts are still determining if it’s the coffee itself or coffee drinkers having healthier lifestyle habits overall.

For many coffee drinkers, the popular pick-me-up rarely remains a healthy drink thanks to the many ways people and coffee shops choose to customize it (think whip, flavorings, and other toppings).

The good news? There are ample ways you can help ensure that your caffeine fix is a healthier one.

Opt for organic coffee.

Because crops are often sprayed with pesticides you may be getting more than just java. Opt for organic brands like Newman’s Own Organics Blends. Not only is it USDA organic but it boasts a strong yet smooth taste.

Milk alternatives are a go.

Bump the cow’s milk and opt for almond, soy, or rice milk. They’re half the calories and easier on your tummy.