Strong, dark and sweet...
Is how I like my coffee in the morning (and sometimes during the day), yes I said sweet - that means one sugar not mega sweet. If you're calorie conscience then a natural sweetener may be better for you, but I know I will burn that extra few 50ish cals at the gym so I'm OK with my morning coffee this way. I recently found out that cutting coffee out completely is not the way forward, in fact having a regular morning coffee can help fight diabetes! A study from Lancet journal found that coffee helps lower blood glucose levels and Dutch subjects who consumed regular coffee each day reported lower diabetes incidence rates than those who drank less coffee according to this.
No extras, just a black morning coffee
Don't forget though that the coffee I'm referring to is black which means no milk or extra calories, the last thing you want is to consume a 400 calorie whole milk, chocolate & cream Massimo Mochachino! Yea, I made that up but I'm sure something like that exists.
Consuming a fresh black morning coffee will not just wake you up and give you that boost of energy you need to get through a tough morning session, it could also help you burn extra calories! Coffee contains caffeine, as we all know, and is probably one of the most consumed stimulative substances on the planet. This caffeine has been proven to improve your mood, brain function and reaction time and is one of the main ingredients in fat burning supplements. Caffeine helps your body consume fat as energy and can increase your physical performance by more than 10-15% according to this.
A black morning coffee may just look like a cup of dark liquid but it is in fact a cup of vitamins and minerals. A cup of coffee contains:
6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.
Those figures may seem small, but if you drink several cups of coffee per day then this quickly adds up. But that's not all. Coffee also contains antioxidants and is one the biggest sources of antioxidants in the modern day diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables combined according to this.
So the next time you think about quitting your morning coffee routine, think again. But just remember to go for a simple black coffee.