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8 Ways to Make Your Coffee (or Tea) Healthier

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8 Ways to Make Your Coffee (or Tea) Healthier

On its own coffee is packed with health-giving antioxidants, but it’s rarely the health drink it could be thanks to the ways most people customize it (think: Starbuck’s GMO-laden Pumpkin Latte). The same is true for tea. Here are 7ways to make your coffee or tea a whole lot healthier:

Choose organic coffee or tea. Both crops tend to be heavily sprayed with pesticides (sometimes ones that are banned in North America but legal in countries where these crops are grown) so you may be getting more than just coffee or tea when you select anything but organic.

Choose fair trade for a healthy conscience. Coffee is big business. According to the United Nations it is the second most widely traded commodity (after oil). As such its growth and harvesting is subjected to a wide variety of exploitive labor conditions, including child labor in some countries.

Skip the sugar. Or if you must have it, select a sweetener like organic coconut sugar which has fewer grams of sugar (3 grams) than white or brown sugar (4 grams).  It doesn’t sound like a big difference but over time that means you’ll have cut your sugar consumption by 25 percent with almost no effort. Coconut sugar contains natural minerals like chromium that aid sugar metabolism in your body.

Pass on the flavor syrups. Most are made with high fructose corn syrup which has been linked to weight gain and obesity.  They also contain artificial flavors and preservatives like potassium sorbate or sodium benzoate. Potassium sorbate has been shown in human studies to be both genotoxic and mutagenic. That means it damages the genetic material and can cause mutations linked to disease. Sodium benzoate converts to the carcinogen benzene in the body.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:06AM PDT on May 6, 2014

Until I get my order of shade coffee, I'm passing on it. Still drinking tea, but am now looking for an old-fashioned tea ball to soak in my cup, and trying to find tea vendors that I like. It was soooo much easier when we didn't have to worry about every single thing we put on or in our bodies, wasn't it?

11:33PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

love the days when organic didn't factor so much into a food dictionary. over in Asi,a we are pretty lax about organic foodstuffs. most people couldn't afford the high prices but we have survived. it all boils down to over consumption and convenience. other areas of interest ought to be highlighted instead of organic these organic that! seriously folks, more than half the world is starving. please don't waste not just food but yr energy on these topics. no wonder the 1 0r 10% is living it up at our expense. i wonder who hold the reins in FDA..

9:30PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Thank you for this informative article on coffee, the sweeteners, etc., but you're talking about ground coffee. It would be a good idea if you included where to find the sweeteners, i.e., coconut, etc., and how much to use. What about instant coffee? Does the same information apply to instant as does with ground coffee? I only drink one cup a day with International Delight, sometimes I don't drink any coffee at all. But at least once a week I go out with my sister and we usually drink two to three cups of coffee with our meal, we have been using Splenda for years and when we don't we use International Delight Gourmet Coffee Creamer. It's made in the US and is labeled as Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, 0g Trans Fat and use one tablespoon.

4:31PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

I recently did some research and found that coffee made with permanent filters contains bad Cholesterol, but coffee made with paper filters doesn't.

Paper filters have a tighter less porous structure than permanent filters. So paper filters are able to filter out the bad Cholesterol while permanent filters have larger holes that let the bad Cholesterol pass thru.

If you switch to paper filters, it's healthier to use the unbleached type (they are light brown colour).

1:26PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

Thanks

10:44AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

There are more fair trade products available all the time. It always make me feel better to find one.

11:11PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

noted

1:31PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Had to give up coffee when quit smoking - no caffiene.

1:24PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

love black coffee

2:37PM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Don't forget the organic coconut milk! Yum! Thank you for sharing!

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