Say sayonara to sugar-free syrups and artificial sweeteners. If you’re thinking that you’re safe because you only use sugar-free syrups and artificial sweeteners, think again. Not only do these syrups usually contain the above-mentioned preservatives, they also typically contain one of the following synthetic sweeteners: Splenda, Sweet’n Low, or AminoSweet. Contrary to what the manufacturer claims, Splenda (sucralose) was shown by Duke University scientists to increase body weight, be absorbed by fat cells, and reduce beneficial intestinal flora by 50 percent (which further contributes to weight gain and inflammatory illnesses). Sweet’n Low (saccharin) is a coal tar derivative that has been linked to breathing difficulties, headaches, skin eruptions, and diarrhea. AminoSweet (the new name for the aspartame) has been linked to an enormous list of health conditions, including: brain tumors, depression, headaches and migraines, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and more.
Skip the whip. Adding whipped cream to your coffee adds about 100 calories to each drink. That’s an extra 36,500 calories a year if you only drink one a day.
Pick milk alternatives over cow‘s milk. If you’re going to add milk to your coffee, it’s best to pick almond, rice, organic soy (other soy is genetically-modified) milk. Cow’s milk is not the health food the dairy bureaus would have us believe it is. Read my articles 11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy and Harvard Declares Dairy Not Part of a Healthy Diet.
Forego the coffee whitener. It is made from corn syrup solids (almost always genetically-modified) and trans fats. The companies are not required to report the trans fats because the serving size is small but it’s a lot of trans fats when you drink this stuff a few times a day, every day.