Whether you brew coffee at home, grab a cup from the communal pot at the office, enjoy an environmentally questionable Keurrig, or pop by your local Starbucks for your morning pick-me-up, chances are high that you’re regularly stirring a bunch of extra stuff into your daily cup of joe — and some of these tasty additions may be damaging to your health.
8 Things You Should Stop Putting in Your Coffee (Slideshow)
Different studies have shown different results regarding whether coffee itself is bad for you or not. Some respected medical professionals hold the opinion that coffee is damaging, while others believe that while you shouldn’t overdo it on the caffeine, some research suggests that coffee isn’t bad for you and may actually have some benefits. Dr. Rob van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health, for instance, notes that "research over the past few years suggests that coffee consumption may protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and liver cirrhosis."
But even if coffee does prove itself good for you, that doesn’t mean that all of the extras you’re pouring into it are. Just as your salad becomes significantly less nutritious when you top it with a dozen buttery croutons and drown it in creamy dressing, your coffee becomes much less healthful when you pour in a metric tonne of sugar and milk.
“Don't load your coffee with sugar. Sugar is perhaps the worst ingredient in our diets today, accountable for a range of medical problems from diabetes to heart disease to obesity to ADD,” says Dr. Deepa Verma of Synergistiq Integrative Health. And the answer isn’t to turn to Sweet ‘n’ Low for a quick sweetness fix, either. “Artificial sweeteners are not a healthier alternative to sugar,” Dr. Verma tells us. “Contrary to what you may think, these calorie-free devils are deceiving: Artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, and sucralose may be described as healthy, but ironically cause many health problems such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.”
So what should you be putting in your coffee? Well, coffee itself is pretty great on its own, but if you like a little additional flavor, consider opting for a tiny dash of vanilla extract and cinnamon. One teaspoon of vanilla extract has only 12 calories and half a gram of sugar, and cinnamon may help reduce inflammation and have antioxidant effects.
Other delicious, healthy options include honey, which has antibacterial properties and is often considered healthier form of sweetener. Instead of high-sugar syrups, try adding a little extra dark cocoa powder, which may help reduce blood pressure and assist with weight loss.
Take Coffee Mate powdered creamer or “whitener,” for instance. Corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are the first and second ingredients, respectively. These ingredients recreate the mouthfeel of cream, but may be very bad for you. Corn syrup has been questioned as a source of sugar that your body doesn’t necessarily metabolize well, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil contains trans fats, which can raise your “bad” cholesterol.
Adding a shot of caramel syrup to your latte may: just one ounce of Torani caramel syrup contains 19 grams of sugar and 80 calories. At Starbucks, a Grande latte gets 4 pumps of syrup – which is approximately one ounce – and a Trenta contains 7!
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Turkish coffee is rich, thick, and a delightful drink to be enjoyed slowly with good company. It is brewed in a copper coffee pot called a cezve (jez-VEY), made with powder-like ground coffee, and sweetened to the drinker's taste. Creating the perfect cup of Turkish coffee is a splendid way to show off your coffee-making skills.
Enjoyed for centuries throughout the Middle East and Balkans, the method for making traditional Turkish coffee varies slightly by region and household. It is not difficult but requires practice to get the strong brew's signature foam on top.
This style of coffee is not filtered. Instead, the coffee is ground so finely that it resembles flour and becomes part of the drink. The methods of measuring are also different: Use the serving cup to measure the water and a teaspoon from your dinnerware for the coffee and sugar. You can brew the coffee with varying amounts of sweetness or leave it unsweetened.
Turkish coffee is served in demitasse-sized cups with tall sides that hold about 2 1/2 ounces. It is never stirred during or after brewing. Some people like to brew it with milk, but the additives (sugar and milk) are always added to the brewing pot rather than the cup. With an intense flavor similar to a really thick espresso, it's often served with a glass of cold water as a palate cleanser. Turkish delight is a popular sweet to enjoy with the coffee, though chocolate is a tasty alternative.
8 Things That Happen When You Quit Caffeine
Caffeine is a mixed bag. There are benefits associated with consuming it&mdashlike improved memory function and, obviously, greater levels of alertness&mdashbut then you hear from people who quit the stuff and say it changed their life. Before taking your Keurig out of commission, check out these 8 side effects of going caffeine-free that you can expect to experience.
1. You'll feel like crap (for a little while).
While every person is different, if you are ingesting upwards of 400 to 500 ml of caffeine per day (that's about 3 to 4 cups of coffee, 6 cups of tea, or 10 cans of soda), you will probably feel some let-down effects, he says. These effects typically last 7 to 10 days, but you can minimize them by weaning yourself off caffeine, rather than quitting cold turkey. Every 2 or 3 days, trim your intake just a bit. Drink just half a cup of tea at a time&mdashor mix regular coffee with decaf.
2. You'll lose weight.
3. . Or you'll gain it.
4. You'll sleep more and have more energy.
That's why people who are completely off caffeine sleep more deeply and better than those who drink even a little coffee, says Delbridge. You'll likely be tired as your body adjusts to a caffeine-free lifestyle (see No. 1). But over the long term, you'll have more energy than you'd get from any shot of espresso.
Extracts aren&apost just for baking, they can make a world of difference in flavoring your coffee. Keep things basic with the addition of a little vanilla or coconut extract, or go wild and try out flavors like peppermint or rum. Stir 1 teaspoon into your coffee grounds before brewing and you&aposll taste the difference.
Just like a pinch of salt can improve dessert recipes, a dash of it can upgrade your next pot of coffee. Salt can &aposneutralize&apos some of the bitterness of coffee, leaving you with a smoother drink. Just pour a pinch (roughly 1/8 teaspoon) into your coffee grounds before brewing.
So are coffee grounds useful for making great compost?
Nearly as popular as using coffee to acidify your soil, is the use of coffee grounds to compost.
One study compared three different composting methods to measure the effect of adding coffee grounds to your compost. In all three methods they found an increase in the death-rate of earthworms.
Apparently as the coffee grounds break down, they release &ldquoorganic compounds and chemicals&rdquo which kill the worms.
It would appear that coffee grounds are not so great for earthworms after all.
And as if murdering innocent earthworms wasn&rsquot bad enough, it appears that coffee has antibacterial properties, too.
So, instead of helping the thriving microbiota of your compost, tossing those coffee grounds in could actually kill off helpful microbes.
If you do decide to add coffee to your compost, do so sparingly. Despite its color, coffee is considered to be a &lsquogreen&rsquo addition, so it needs to be mixed in with plenty of &lsquobrown,&rsquo like dried leaves.
8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Caffeine
Caffeine is a mixed bag. There are benefits associated with consuming it&mdashlike improved memory function and obviously greater levels of alertness&mdashbut then you hear from people who quit the stuff and say it changed their life. Before take your Keurig out of commission, check out these eight side effects of going caffeine-free that you can expect to experience.
If you&rsquove ever gone one too many hours without a caffeine fix, you&rsquove probably gotten a taste of withdrawals&mdashand they suck. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, and some pretty hefty mood swings, says Wesley Delbridge, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. He even recommends telling your friends and family that you are cutting out caffeine before you start so they will know why you are so horrible to be around.
While every person is different, if you are ingesting upwards of 400 to 500 ml of caffeine per day (that&rsquos about three to four cups of coffee, six cups of tea, or 10 cans of soda), you will probably feel some let-down effects, he says. They typically last seven to 10 days, but you can minimize their effects by weaning yourself off of caffeine, rather than quitting cold turkey. Every two or three days, trim your intake just a bit. Drink just half a cup of tea at a time&mdashor mix regular coffee with decaf.
&ldquoI don't think the average person realizes how many calories they are consuming with their caffeinated drinks,&rdquo says Delbridge. Sure, you know soda is laden with sugar and blended coffee drinks are weight-gain bombs just waiting to happen, but just a bit of cream and sugar in your coffee mug could easily put you at 200-plus calories per serving. Have a few throughout the course of the day, and it&rsquos easy to see how forgoing caffeinated beverages could help you slim down.
Caffeine is a pretty powerful temporary appetite suppressant. &ldquoYou are going to naturally feel hungrier when you go off of caffeine,&rdquo says Delbridge. Plus, according to Mayo Clinic, caffeine may up your metabolic rate. The effect is likely small, but if you drink your coffee black, it&rsquos likely burning more calories than it contains, meaning it will help you lose weight. Take it away, and you could see some fluctuations on the scale.
A caffeine boost even six hours before bed can disrupt sleep later on that night, per research in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The effect: You wake up tired and in need of more caffeine. The cycle continues. That&rsquos why people who are completely off of caffeine sleep deeper and better than those who drink even a little coffee, says Delbridge. Now, you&rsquoll likely be tired as your body adjusts to a caffeine-free lifestyle (see number one). But over the long term, you&rsquoll have more energy than you&rsquod get from any shot of espresso.
Caffeine is a stimulant, meaning it hits your nervous system&rsquos gas pedal. Caffeine triggers a release of adrenaline, needlessly putting you into &ldquofight or flight&rdquo mode. Plus, since caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, narrowing your blood vessels, it raises your blood pressure, says Delbridge. Get rid of caffeine, and you&rsquoll feel less anxious and stressed, he says.
However, that &ldquofight or flight&rdquo mode does come in handy if you&rsquore about to run a race or hit up a bootcamp workout, says Delbridge. The American College of Sports Medicine has even come out and said that caffeine improves exercise performance and intensity. And as you know, hitting it hard is key to getting the most results from your workouts.
Coffee poops are a real and ever-present threat to java lovers everywhere. That&rsquos because, apart from the fact that caffeine speeds things up in your digestive system, coffee is very acidic, which can also up your risk of the runs, says Delbridge. Basically, eliminating caffeine from your diet will do a lot to prevent emergency trips to the bathroom.
Coffee is the number-one source of antioxidants in the average American&rsquos diet, per research from the University of Scranton. That may be why a study published in Breast Cancer Research found that women who drink five or more cups of coffee a day are 57 percent less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer than those who drink less than a cup a day. And a recent American Journal of Epidemiology study found that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day could cut your risk of dying from heart disease by 21 percent. Meanwhile, green tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants out there, says Delbridge. So if you're cutting out coffee and tea, it's a good idea to start upping your fruit and veggie intake.
How to add Bulletproof Coffee to your daily routine
Spoiler alert: The best way to figure out if Bulletproof Coffee works for you is to try it. Here’s how you can incorporate Bulletproof Coffee into your day to up your energy and performance:
- Get the ingredients: That means Bulletproof coffee beans, grass-fed butter (or Ghee) and Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil. Grab this Bulletproof Coffee Starter Kit!
- Swap your typical breakfast for Bulletproof Coffee: It may take your body a while to adapt to the extra fat, which is why our experts recommend committing to our recipe for one full week. Start with low amounts of butter and Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil and build up to the full amounts included in the recipe. If you look at your macros and need a little bit more than just Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast, go ahead and incorporate it into a lighter meal and go from there. Remember: Long-term lifestyle changes are a marathon, not a sprint!
- Eat your lunch and dinner as usual: Or, just eat when you’re hungry. Thanks to its ketone-boosting benefits, Bulletproof Coffee is an awesome, satiating tool when you follow a lower-carb, anti-inflammatory diet—that means cutting back on gluten and refined sugar and prioritizing healthy fats and quality proteins. But again, you don’t have to make the switch all at once. Start small, gauge how you feel and see how much you can accomplish with energy that lasts.
Essentially, the first step is learning how to convert your morning fuel source from sugar (sorry, carbs) to fat. When you feel sharp and alert for hours, you’ll be thrilled you made the switch!
What if I don’t drink coffee?
You don’t need a traditional cup of joe to feel many of the benefits of Bulletproof Coffee. The truth is, you can make just about any hot beverage into a creamy, frothy Bulletproof modification by simply adding grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oil.
If caffeine is the problem, start by opting for decaf. Or, you can Bulletproof your Keto Hot Chocolate and add a little stevia for a sippable sweet treat. If you prefer tea time, check out our recipe for the perfect Bulletproof Matcha Latte.
Bulletproof tip: If you follow a plant-based diet, yes, you can still enjoy the benefits of quality fats in your coffee cup. Try our Vegan Bulletproof Coffee recipe, which also contains gut-supporting prebiotics!
Adding a pinch of spices to your coffee grounds can take a pot of coffee from bland to share-worthy. Choose from flavor-enhancing options like cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender, cardamom, and more. Trying a variety of spices can help you get creative with your next morning cup of coffee. Simply mix 1/4 teaspoon of your chosen spice into your coffee grounds and get to brewing.
Extracts aren't just for baking, they can make a world of difference in flavoring your coffee. Keep things basic with the addition of a little vanilla or coconut extract, or go wild and try out flavors like peppermint or rum. Stir 1 teaspoon into your coffee grounds before brewing and you'll taste the difference.
Just like a pinch of salt can improve dessert recipes, a dash of it can upgrade your next pot of coffee. Salt can 'neutralize' some of the bitterness of coffee, leaving you with a smoother drink. Just pour a pinch (roughly 1/8 teaspoon) into your coffee grounds before brewing.
Thick and starchy foods, such as potatoes, don&apost typically fare well in a blender. "The blades and speed will overwork the potatoes and cause them to release too much starch," says Abbie Gellman, a NYC-based registered dietitian and author of The Mediterranean Dash Diet. The result? Potatoes that aren&apost so much "mashed" as they are "wallpaper paste." Best to stick with your ricer or masher for that highly sought-after fluffiness.
Some of these may surprise you
One natural method to fighting gophers is to create noise in your yard
As it turns out, moles and gophers are sensitive to noises, especially loud noises.
So adding some natural noisemakers such as wind chimes in your yard is a good natural way to annoy these critters enough to leave your lawn. What’s more you can take this method a step further and introduce a radio into your yard.. But more on that later.
Next.. I bet you didn’t know that you could repurpose your dog's pet waste to fight the battle against moles and voles.
Most people don’t know this. But these critters are deterred by pet waste just as much as humans are, so placing your dog's waste near the entry and exit points of the mole's tunnels is a good way to naturally encourage these varmints to infest your neighbors yard and not yours.
Moreover, yet another natural way to fight moles is to strategically install plants throughout the yard that the moles naturally dislike.
Not only could this be an aesthetic way to win the battle but the good news these plants such as Castor bean, Crown imperial, and Narcissus are examples of mole-repelling plants. and are known for being effective for deterring moles and gophers out of your yard.
Like I mentioned earlier these these yard destroying varmints do not like loud noises
That said.. you could take an old radio you have sitting in the garage and place it in a Ziploc bag and then turn up the noise near the entry and exit points of the mole's tunnels.
This is a natural way to scare these critters off of your property. I would recommend playing Creed or Nickelback LOL.
Just make sure you don’t turn it up too loud or else your neighbors will be upset too and then you got another problem on your hands.
Our fifth recommendation could be the most dangerous, however if you do not have children or pets it could the most effective way of dealing with moles.
You may not know this. but the way to use pesticides to fight moles is to exterminate their food source.
Think about it.. When the grubs and other immature stages of lawn pest insects are in high numbers, moles will be attracted to your lawn.
There are three methods to use in ridding your lawn of moles:
- Eliminate the food source of moles: insects, grubs, worms with a pesticide like Talstar which can be bought here
- Repel the mole. If the second step is not taken, the animal will actually increase its damaging tunnel activity in a desperate attempt to locate more food.
- Use a bait such as Mole Patrol to kill moles. This is a popular method with many people. Mole Patrol is a new bait which is proving to be more effective than conventional Zinc Phosphide baits. Talpirid Mole Bait is a new product for killing moles that is worm shaped and resembles a worm in texture and size.
To rid your property of the different pests these burrowing animals love to eat, treat the area with Talstar or Permethrin insecticides.
If your mole continues to tunnel (after its food source has been eliminated), spray Whole Control Repellent on the areas where the mole is active. Moles do not like this product. The smell and feel of the active ingredient will force the mole to move on. Whole Control repels moles, voles, burrowing animals with all natural ingredients.
The sixth way to deter moles from your property is the create a fishy scent they do do not like.
This is crazy.. if the thought of invasive and potentially dangerous pesticides in your yard does not seem like a good idea. Well the good news is that another non-invasive option if you have any left over fish from dinner then try placing it near the entry or exit points of the mole tunnels and the natural scent will persuade them to vacate your property.
I bet you didn’t know coffee grounds were a natural way to fight the battle against moles.
Put another way . you can recycle those used coffee grounds by scattering them over the tunnels themselves. The best part. the scent is annoying to these varmints just as much as their tunnels in your yard annoy you. This method in conjunction with methods 6 , 3 , and 2 would be a good natural combo attack on these yard destroying varmints.
Lastly.. one of the more invasive but effective methods to kill or ward off moles and gophers is to leverage the carbon monoxide exhaust from your vehicle.
These harmful emissions will persuade moles and gophers to get out of the yard or in some cases even kill them if that’s OK with you. Just make sure any leaks are covered up in the mole's tunnels and this is a effective way to persuade moles and gophers that your yard is not their new home.
Here is a helpful video on how to pull this off
In conclusion these are eight natural or borderline un-natural alternatives to fight the battle and ultimately win your war against moles and gophers in your yard so they no longer destroy all of your hard work on creating the perfect looking golf course quality yard.
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11 Things You Should Never put in a Juicer
If you thought that all fruits and vegetables are good for juicing, you’d better think again! Here’s the ones you should never try to juice, as it could save your juicer – and your body – a lot of stress and strain.
Broccoli has a high vitamin C content, so a lot of people think it will make a good addition to their green juices, but broccoli can be difficult to digest. It can cause bloating, gas, or cramping, and definitely avoid if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage shouldn’t be juiced for the same reasons.
Avocados don’t contain a lot of juice, so they’re better suited to being blended for a smoothie instead.
Apples can be juiced, but you should remove the seeds first. Apple seeds contain amygdalin, which can be poisonous when metabolized.
You can use coconut milk and coconut water in your juice or smoothie, but you can’t use the white flesh of the coconut itself as it’s not juicy enough.
If you’re prone to kidney stones, avoid juicing dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach. Oxalates are found in these greens, and they can cause kidney stones.
Most people can juice pears, but if you’re sensitive to fructose, you should think about steering clear. Pears contain a substance called sorbitol, which is a non-digestible form of sugar that can cause a quick bowel movement. That’s why some people drink pear juice for constipation.
This fruit contains lots of vitamins and fiber when eaten whole, but juicing it strips all the good things away, leaving just a lot of sugar. This could cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to surge.
8. Whole Citrus Segments
Peel your oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or limes before you juice them. Citrus rinds contain substances that can irritate your digestive system.
Rhubarb is too fibrous to give much liquid, and it can be harsh on your juicer. Did you know that rhubarb leaves are poisonous and should never be eaten?
Bananas might be a staple smoothie ingredient, but they don’t have enough juice to make juicing them worthwhile.
Running hard items like ice through your juicer can do serious damage – leave the tough stuff for your blender, as it is better able to cope with hard foods.