It’s no secret that I love coffee. I’m a writer, so I find great pride in fulfilling the coffee-shop-dwelling stereotype of the modern scribe. But is coffee healthy? And can it fit into the clean eating lifestyle? I’m about to find out!
Is Coffee Healthy?
As it turns out, coffee can definitely be healthy for certain people. Coffee drinkers live longer on average, and coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
Some people encounter negative side effects from caffeine, such as jitters and headaches. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, consider switching to something less caffeinated, such as certain types of tea.
You can drink too much coffee, however, and it’s recommend you consume no more than 500-600mg per day, which is over four cups of coffee.
Is Coffee “Clean”?
Coffee by itself is clean, especially if you buy whole coffee beans and grind them yourself. The trouble comes when you start adding creamers and sweeteners. These can not only add too much sugar to your diet, but they can also contain dangerous artificial ingredients that the clean eating diet seeks to eliminate. Most Starbucks drinks are unhealthy and loaded with sugar, so your best bets at that coffee shop are straight coffee or any unsweetened tea.
You can make your own almond milk coffee creamer, or see if you can find a clean almond milk creamer at the store. Drinking fancy coffee drinks — that are actually clean-eating approved and healthy — just takes a little research and some extra cooking!
How do you make your coffee clean? Let me know in the comments!