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ADGIRL618 SparkPoints: (16,361)
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10/6/11 9:18 P

Coffee in moderation is not bad for you at all. Of course it all depends what you add to it. I have 2 cups of coffee with fat free creamer most mornings. For a special treat, I found some vanilla and some hazelnut syrup that has no calories, no fat and no sugar and sometimes I'll add a splash of that.

HALEY99 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/6/11 9:04 P

Coffee isn't bad for you. In fact it has health benefits. Its one of the few things I can consume that actually helps my Asthma. Its the sugar, syrups and creams we add to it making it 'bad' or not good for you. Also, as anything else, don't drink excess amounts of it.

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10/6/11 2:11 P

Coffee is good for you, provided you don't drink extreme amounts of it. I usually take mine with a splash of skim milk and some ground cinnamon. Yum.

JMIRROR SparkPoints: (0)
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10/6/11 1:03 P

I could drink a cup now.

10/6/11 1:03 P

I love coffee and I don't plan to give it up. It's actually good for you, as long as you don't load it up with cream and sugar, as other posters said.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
10/6/11 12:19 P

I still have 2 cups of coffee a day with a little skim milk & 1 packet of splenda. The problem you run into is if you're dumping tons of sugar & creamer into your coffee or even worse, drinking frappucinos, mochas, or any of those types of drinks that have lots of calories, fat & sugar, and also cost a lot of money.

SELHORST19 SparkPoints: (46,974)
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10/6/11 8:12 A

I didn't start drinking coffee until I graduated college and started working at the laboratory. All of my coworkers would take a morning coffee break so I started joining them. Now I can't start my day without a cup!

10/6/11 6:08 A

Love me some coffee...especially when the weather starts to change. I use fat-free 1/2 & 1/2 and splenda. Usually drink about 4-5 cups a day - just depends. Don't drink it after 3pm though. I do make myself drink a glass of water in between - just to get my water in for the day - or else I would drink nothing but coffee.

DETERMINED56 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/6/11 5:18 A

I drink it black but I won't drink it after 4:00 because it will interfere with my sleep. It never bothered me before but unfortunately, it does now.
I love coffee. I probably drink about 4 cups a day...easy.
I won't give it up.
I've given up all other vices and I draw the line on this one.
Life is too short to be without a good cup of coffee. emoticon

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
10/5/11 11:55 P

I bring a thermos of coffee to work with me each day. It is probably around 32 oz. I am diehard cream in my coffee girl, so what I did was figure out the minimum acceptable amount of half and half I needed in that thermos to keep me happy. I found that to be around 1/4 cup, which is about 80 calories, which is worth it to me, though I would like to cut back to one 16 oz mug and 1 oz of cream each day. It's all about choices, and I'd rather give up something else to tradeoff for the 80 calories each day. I think the suggestion of measuring out the amount of sugar is a good one though, you may be adding more than you think, and might be able to get used to less. Good luck! emoticon

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10/5/11 11:21 P

I believe 4 servings per day would equal 32 oz which I've read is the upper limit for coffee. Beyond 32 oz the caffeine can act as a diuretic. More water would be beneficial too - perhaps an 8oz glas between cups or in conjunction with it. I too love coffee, but recently realized I was neglecting my water intake in favor of it, so I have made a concerted effort to drink some water between cups of coffee throughout my work day.

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10/5/11 6:39 P

I know coffee is good for treating ADD and ADHD

REBELBLITZ SparkPoints: (26,503)
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10/5/11 4:06 P

Yes, my coffee has zero calories too. Keeps me happy too.

JUSGETTENBY42 Posts: 7,606
10/5/11 3:31 P

drink my coffee black---no calories, if i have laitte get skim milk, no sugar no whip.

REBELBLITZ SparkPoints: (26,503)
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10/5/11 3:19 P

I am enjoying my coffee right now. Just a touch of stevia in it. I too, enjoy my coffee. emoticon
Would you like a cup of coffee?


KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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10/5/11 3:14 P

I stopped using sugar and non-dairy coffee creamers, which are basically corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, and started using fat-free half and half and stevia.

CPANTS52 Posts: 182
10/5/11 1:32 P

There are all these studies that have been done that say coffee is good for you. You have less problems with your brain when you get older and it raises your metabolism. I personally drink a cup or two a day. Honestly, as long as you aren't getting 5 pump mochas, and doing something more sensible like a non-fat or soy cappuccino, it's not so bad. Like you, I don't do well with black coffee, so i add some cinnamon and a splash of light soy milk or nonfat milk - or get the types of cappuccino I mentioned before. It helps me add a little protein to my day.

Maybe look into a sugar substitute - perhaps some truvia, or agave syrup. I just add cinnamon and on the rare occasion I want sugar, I go for sugar in the raw.

13STKELLIE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/5/11 1:06 P

Thank you all, I really do love my milk and one sugar, I may re-think my idea of giving up coffee, I dont think I could drink it black with no sugar, thats why I was thinking of giving up, its all or nothing for me, I really do see my problems when you give me your ideas. emoticon


CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (106,427)
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10/5/11 11:37 A

Brewed coffee is hot water poured over roasted beans. Nothing wrong with that! Just watch what you add to it. Coffee is fine in moderation and experts say that is up to 4 servings per day.

ZENABEAN Posts: 186
10/5/11 11:24 A

I will never give up coffee. I have given up soda but coffee is not a high calorie drink unless you add sugar or high calorie cream. You gotta pick your battles.....

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
10/5/11 11:16 A

A cup or two of coffee per day isn't bad in my opinion. Like everyone else has mentioned, you do have to watch what you put in your coffee. On the other hand, some people drink a ton of coffee every day (whole pots of coffee on a daily basis) and I'm not so sure that this is a good thing. I know that some people even get headaches when they don't get their coffee (due to not getting the caffeine). I guess that, if I drank a lot of coffee like this and got headaches when I didn't have it, I would slowly try to cut back or at least start mixing the regular coffee with decaf.

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10/5/11 11:15 A

I typically drink 2 c of black coffee every day.

GRACIESMOM70 Posts: 1,345
10/5/11 11:12 A

Coffee is one of those things that keep us guessing. Some say do not drink, some say it is good for you- Who do you believe- Frankly I think maybe anything in moderation is OK. Also important on how you drink it- what you put in it

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,411
10/5/11 10:17 A

I agree with the other posters. Coffee itself isn't bad, you just have to be mindful of what you are putting in it.

For instance if you get a regular spoon out of the drawer and put a heaping spoonful of sugar in your coffee. That is actually using three teaspoons of sugar (or a tablespoon) I did this demonstration for a family member to show how much sugar they were actually using.

I use a teaspoon from a set of measuring spoons. I got used to it being less sweet. Before I knew better I was putting a tablespoon of sugar in my coffee. Several times a day.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 10/5/2011 (10:18)
13STKELLIE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/5/11 8:09 A

Thank you for that emoticon I think that could be a place for me to start.


NANCYBOAT SparkPoints: (0)
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10/5/11 8:07 A

I agree with NIRERIN. Coffee in and of itself is not awful. But loading it up piles on the calories.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,235
10/5/11 7:39 A

plain coffee typically isn't an issue, it's what you put into the coffee that gets you. pay close attention to any creamers, milks or sugars that you put it and that is your answer with how it is for you. because while drinking five fifteen ounce cups of coffee isn't good for you, it's also not bad for you. if you're putting in 1/4 cup of creamer and and 1 Tablespoon of sugar in each one, that's going to crank up the calories and do so enough that you're likely taking up room for actual food that you need. so the add ons are what needs to be curbed.

13STKELLIE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/5/11 6:46 A

I'm not sure if I'm doing this right!!! Can anyone tell me how bad a coffee is, I'm finding it hard to give that one up or even cut down, any help would be grand.

This is my day two on here....and I think I maybe a bit lost!!! emoticon


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