Are you turning your coffee into a health bomb?
-pop girl group NiziU sings "Sweet Bomb": "call me sweet bomb," they could be describing the TikTok-inspired, flavor-enhanced coffee drinks that folks are being encouraged to order at their local coffee shop. Ten extra pumps of sugary caramel syrup are just the beginning. One "recipe" calls for a venti (20 ounce) Strawberry Creme Frappuccino, which already contains 270 calories from milk and strawberry puree layered on top of a splash of strawberry puree and finished with vanilla whipped cream, to be souped up with three scoops of vanilla bean powder, four pumps of white mocha and three pumps of cinnamon dolce. Sweet bomb is right!
Filtered coffee on its own delivers a roster of health benefits. Research shows that up to four cups a day improves memory, mood, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function. It can also boost your metabolic rate by up to 11%. Plus, people who drink around four or more cups a day slash their risk for Type 2 diabetes and 11 cancers by at least 20%. Filtered coffee without sugar or cream also substantially cuts your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia.
On the other hand, paying a pretty penny for hyped-up coffee drinks delivers substantial long-term risks for obesity, inflammation, gut biome dysfunction and all the associated problems those conditions cause, from depression to diabetes, cancers and chronic joint pain. So ditch the pitch for souped-up coffees and enjoy the filtered beverage hot or cold without any added saturated fat or sugars.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com. ©2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.