Drink your coffee black. Sweeteners and nondairy whiteners can lead to inflammation and heart disease.
If you drink more than a cup of coffee a day — and don’t like it black — you may be adding far too much extra sugar and fat to your diet. Flavored syrups, nondairy creamers, half-and-half and sugar take away the health benefits of coffee and tack on a serious number of empty calories that could be padding your waistline and inflaming your arteries. Even low-fat nondairy creamers are made mostly from corn syrup and trans fat, which, says Cleveland Clinic physician Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS, causes heart disease and strokes. For your health, Dr. Sukol recommends drinking your coffee black, or with unsweetened milk alternatives, such as almond or oat milk.