Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kick up your coffee with healthy -- and tasty -- additions

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 8:33 AM

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One of life's great pleasures (especially here in Tampa) and health benefits -- coffee has it all. Caffeine, aroma, deep flavors and, to coffee connoisseurs around the globe, coffee is a known as a tonic that prevents diabetes, Parkinson's disease and cancer. No wonder we hold a fascination with brewing this tasty bean!

Here's a tip: next time you grab your morning joe, sprinkle a little cayenne on top. Not only does the spice help wake you up, but this pepper is packed with vitamins A and C along with the full spectrum of B vitamins. And taken in tiny daily doses, it can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

If hot ain't your thing, try sweetening your coffee with molasses instead of sugar. Molasses is loaded with potassium and gives a delicious, rich flavor to your java juice. Why do you care? Potassium is a great balm for people with hypertension, high blood pressure, and is also excellent for heart health.

So spice things up a bit!  Try out something new in your next morning cup, shot of espresso, or coffee granita!  Both additions offer wonderful benefits and complement coffee perfectly. So, get in on the trend and drink to your health! Soon Starbucks will pick up on it and you can say you knew about this info ages ago.

by Kristin Pavelski

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