Science life hacks: Substitute cinnamon in your coffee for a flavorful health kick
Despite conflicting information we may hear about the nutritious value of coffee, there are a number of health-promoting qualities that coffee has on the body. This is good news for anybody who can’t start their morning without a good cup of joe; at least it would be, if the story ended there.
Unfortunately, many of us who like to sip a cup or two (or ten) of coffee a day rarely drink it black. Instead, we’ve mastered the art of masking what many find to be the bitter taste of coffee with additions like cream, sugar, or flavored syrups — all of which may significantly reduce the nutritional value of a cup of coffee. Luckily, there’s a way to give your coffee a flavor boost without sacrificing coffee’s natural health boost.
Cinnamon is the perfect way to add some crave-worthy flavor to your coffee without having to load up on sugar or artificial sweeteners to do the trick. And because of the spice’s strong natural flavor, a little bit of cinnamon can go a long way.
Cinnamon might not make your coffee taste quite like your usual go-to additions would, but you can always ease your way into the switch over to using cinnamon by gradually reducing your other add-ins as you adjust to the cinnamon flavor. Before you know it, you’ll have rebranded your idea of a tasty cup of coffee and helped your health in the process.
Perhaps, the best part about using cinnamon is your coffee isn’t that it helps you maintain coffee’s natural health benefits, but that it actually adds to them. It is loaded with antioxidants to help improve your body’s immune system, plus it can help reduce blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in your system. It may even promote strong cognitive function.
What are some of your tricks for adding flavor to your cup of coffee without sabotaging your health with excess calories and harmful ingredients? Share your tips below or tweet me @tamarahoumi