Coffee addiction is real - and we know that for many, coffee is more than just a drink! There are so many people who agree, coffee is an essential part of the day, but is your morning ritual helping your body or hurting it? Over the years we have seen massive growth in the coffee industry. This growth has also led consumers to demand sweeter tastier drinks - which means more and more sugar.
The average person drinks about 3 cups of coffee daily. Researchers also found that the average coffee drinker consumes roughly 3 tsp of sugar from their coffee alone (1)! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that men consume no more than 9 tsp of sugar a day and for women, its only 6 tsp (2). That means that the average coffee-consuming woman gets half of her recommended daily sugar from her coffee alone! We know that most people (including me) aren’t quite ready to quit coffee completely - so we researched 4 healthier alternatives to sugar to sweeten your morning cup.
If you haven’t hopped on the monk fruit train yet then you are seriously missing out! This sweetener is naturally derived from the monk fruit plant. It is zero calories and it is thought to be about 100x sweeter than normal sugar! You can get it in liquid or granulated form - and get this, it even looks just like the real deal!
This is another natural sweetener - stevia comes from the South American plant Stevia rebaudiana. Although this sweetener doesn’t taste as similar to normal sugar it is still super sweet! There are also compounds in the plant linked to lowering blood sugar and controlling insulin levels. Stevia is also lower in calories than traditional table sugar.
That’s right - there’s yet another way to enjoy coconut! Coconut sugar comes from the sap of coconut palm. This sugar is much higher in micronutrients (zinc, calcium, magnesium) than table sugar, however, it should still be used sparingly due to its similar calorie content to table sugar.
Honey is a great alternative to table sugar due to its high levels of antioxidants. Although it still contains fructose, this can be used in moderation as a sugar alternative for added health benefits. Antioxidants help the body heal from various stressors in your environment (sunlight, chemicals, etc), and a diet high in antioxidants can be an essential component to your health!
We think that you shouldn’t have to compromise on the things you love to live a healthy life - you simply have to find ways to make those parts of your life healthier. Food is a wonderful opportunity to heal your body and provide it with quality foods that fuel you. Sugar is an addictive ingredient that causes much more harm than good. This is why we need to find a way to cure the sugar epidemic - and this is one small step you can take!