2. Flavoured Coffee Drinks
There’s no escape from coffee. With an outlet on every street corner, this highly popular hot drink is everywhere you turn, and if you like coffee, then that’s OK because you have the power of choice.
In 2014, Harvard researchers examined 100,000 people over a 20-year period and discovered that people who increased their coffee intake by over one cup per day had an 11 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, all is not what it seems with the wide range of coffee drinks available today.
The benefits of pure coffee are not the same for coffee drinks with added sweeteners or dairy products. Creamy, sugary drinks bought at café chains are often loaded with unhealthy carbs and are also very high in calories. Seasonal and flavoured coffees may taste nice, but they quite simply hold the same number of calories as a small meal in a glass. Loaded with flavour also means loaded with sugar.
Before you order, check out the nutritional information available in the coffee shop on the specific coffee selections, and sip smarter. Most big coffee chains offer drink options with fewer carbs and fat. “Skinny” coffee drinks allow you the morning wake-up or afternoon pick-me-up without the sugar rush.