Postdate: 21 July 2016
The coffee consumption in the Netherlands is very high. We all know that the caffeine in coffee makes you more alert as it increases your heart rate. Coffee does not have to be unhealthy as you can also make healthy and conscious choices about coffee. Two to three cups of coffee a day without sugar, on average, fit in a healthy and varied diet.
Types of coffee
There are different types of coffee beans. The healthiest variations are organic as these are not treated with pesticides. Besides that, you can choose coffee beans with less caffeine, such as Arabica beans. Because of the caffeine, is it advised not to drink any more coffee in the hours before you go to bed. How healthy coffee is, depends on the way it is brewed. According to various studies, coffee brewed with a paper filter would contain less cafestol, as it remains in the filter. Cafestol affects your cholesterol level. Decaffeinated coffee is getting more and more popular, and it can be a solution when you want to drink coffee in the evening.
Coffee and sugar
Some people cannot start the day without a cup of coffee. When you want to cut down on the calories, you best drink coffee without milk and sugar, which also fits into a healthy diet. When you take 2 cups of coffee with 1 lump of sugar a day, you eat around 60 lumps of sugar a month: so sugar has a bigger impact than you would think. The types of instant coffee also tend to contain a large amount of refined sugar and milk powder. Instead, you can use artificial sweeteners and you can add cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder when you want more taste.
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