Health & Lifestyle

Sweeten that Coffee with a Hearty Maple Syrup

There’s nothing more relaxing than having a cup of coffee and a good reading in the morning. Many, if not all, like to sweeten their coffee with any sugar. Not too sweet for your health, is it?

Made from controversial chemicals, artificial sweeteners unfortunately contain empty calories and offer no nutrition at all. Consume too much and you’ll have weight gain and dental problems.

So how else can you sweeten that coffee? Let’s explore two natural alternative sweeteners and find out which one is the best.

Bee Sweet on your Coffee with Honey Syrup

According to World Shift International, raw honey is good for weight loss since it contains more calories than sugar. Sugar is more likely to cause rapid blood sugar level spikes and drops which will increase hunger and eventually lead to weight gain. Honey’s nutritional value includes vitamins A, C, and various B’s as well as minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, phosphate, iodine, and zinc. Discovered to have antioxidants and other compounds, it acts as both an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent, and controls some digestive issues such as indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach ulcers.

Have a Hearty Coffee Sip with Pure Maple Syrup

“When going for maple syrup, always go for the pure ones.”

According to the University of Rhode Island researchers (2010), a pure maple syrup contains antioxidants known as phenolics which are also found in berries. Aside from phenolics, it also has vitamins, minerals, and 13 other antioxidant compounds. Eight of which are exclusive to maple syrup.

These antioxidants are known to counter diabetes, cancer, and other harmful bacterial properties. Lastly, pure maple syrup is lower in sodium making it suitable for low-sodium diets as compared to honey. Too much sodium (i.e. salt) intake may raise blood pressure or cause fluid retention leading to swollen legs and feet or other health issues. Blended well with coffee, nothing beats a pure maple syrup.

May it be honey or pure maple syrup, always remember to slowly add a teaspoon at a time to your coffee. Well, if you’re a coffee-lover like me and want to add that distinct maple flavor, then maple syrup is just right for you.

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Source : http://www.livestrong.com/article/303941-what-is-the-healthy-way-to-sweeten-coffee/

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