If you’re a coffee aficionado, you’ve probably noticed that many new ways to sweeten or add flavor to coffee have become popular in recent years.
Considering more than 450 million cups of coffee are consumed daily in the United States alone, it is to be expected that not everyone will like the same flavor of coffee.
Many of these commercially available flavors and creams come in a sugar-free version.
But why are so many people choosing to flavor their coffee without adding sugar?
It is known that coffee, consumed in moderation, offers several benefits to your general health. Among these benefits, coffee aids the health of your digestive system, has antioxidants, and can help improve brain function. But as we tell you in our blog entry 7 Foods to Reduce in Your Diet, processed sugar is an addictive substance, and it can cause fatigue, exhaustion, and depression. In addition, it does not provide anything at a nutritional level, and it alters glucose levels in the blood. Simply put, all the benefits that can be attributed to coffee can easily be canceled by adding sugar to your morning cup.
The second main reason more people are choosing not to sweeten their coffee is as a measure to prevent diabetes. More than 34 million people in the country suffer from diabetes. Additionally, in 2019, Trust for America’s Health reported that 9 states have obesity rates greater than 35% of their population. This is alarming since although some cases of diabetes have genetic origins, obesity is one of the highest risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
To give you an idea of the magnitude of excess sugar consumed in the United States, the recommended consumption of sugar is 9 teaspoons per day for men, and six for women. However, the average American consumes 40 kilos of sugar a year (that’s about 30 teaspoons a day).
Sugar is included in many foods that are not even “sweet,” so it can be difficult to control 100 percent of the sugar you consume. Obviously, preventing diabetes and obesity requires a more profound lifestyle change than drinking coffee without sugar, but if you find yourself consuming as much sugar as the average American, controling the sugar that you add to your meals and drinks is a good place to start.
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