Your cuppa just got better

Last updated 14:43 18/10/2013
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IN MODERATION: Coffee, without sugar, and not too late in the day, can actually be very good for you.

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If you've just taken a sip of your first cup of coffee or tea for the day, here's a little surprise. So you might already know that these energy boosters are a great source of antioxidants, but recent research now suggests that they can both contribute to a healthier liver! To break it down, it's all in the caffeine. The naturally occurring substance that's responsible for making you feel bright-eyed actually stimulates the metabolisation of fats stored in liver cells. While this might be the best news we've heard all morning, step inside for five ways to make your cup a healthier one.

You're Sweet Enough

Adding sugar to your coffee or tea won't provide you any nutritional value but the calories will be a hinder on your weight loss. Try ordering your next cup without or try to cut your usual spoonful in half. It might be difficult at first, but give it at least ten days. You'll find once you've reached this mark a little bit of sugar will be just too sweet.

Spice it Up

By adding a little cinnamon to your morning cup you'll not only add extra flavour and help you forget about those sweet cravings, but it will also help to lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol and can even help with menstrual pain - yes!

Go Organic

Those dark coloured beans (that we all know and love) are often sprayed with nasty pesticides. So if you can try to choose coffee that is organic, like Kokako, that way you'll be getting the healthiest cup possible.

Don't Whip it

Some days it might just be tempting to order a cup with a dollop of whipped cream on top, or opt for an iced coffee on a hot day. But that's about an extra 100 calories (or more!) that's added. If you can, forgo that cream.

Say No More

It's true coffee can give you a jolt of energy, which is why you should avoid have an extra cup in the afternoon. Try to avoid drinking heavily caffeinated teas or coffee after two pm to ensure you get the best sleep possible that night. If you're in desperate need of a little pick-me-up, opt for a decaf to avoid getting a full dose of caffeine.

- Popsugar.com.au

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