Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, gallstones, and Parkinson’s disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, so you don’t want to give up your daily pick-me-up.
Here are healthier tips from registered dietitian Abigail Kinnear.
- Drink the right amount - The right amount to drink is three to five 8oz cups a day.
- Cut back on added sugar - Stop adding all those empty calories to your coffee and try natural sweeteners like cinnamon and milk.
- Check your portion size - Those guidelines suggest three to five cups of coffee is okay, but the size of the cups is important. Kinnear suggests checking the capacity of your mug to make sure you’re not getting too much buzzy brew.
- Use real milk - Sweetened, flavored creamers have a super long list of artificial ingredients and added sugars, so you’re better off going with real milk instead. And if you don’t do dairy, nut milks like almond or coconut are healthy options, just read labels to know exactly what you’re drinking.