Although coffee is a staple for many people throughout the year, can we all agree that it tastes slightly different and, dare we say, better during the autumn? Perhaps this is due to the extra pump (or five) of pumpkin spice syrup that we must purchase as soon as PSLs are back in stock… or the cinnamon caramel cookie butter creamer that we stock up on beginning September 1st. Swoon.
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with occasionally indulging in these delectably sweet ways to spice up a boring cup of coffee. However, according to Kendra Haire, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian, there are a few simple steps you can take to give your favorite fall coffee drinks a flavorful glow-up without aggravating inflammation or disrupting your gut microbiome. Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated that added sugar can trigger an inflammatory response in the body, which affects the brain, heart, and intestines. Here, Haire spills the (coffee) beans on tummy-friendly ways to spice up your autumn coffee order.
Ways to add anti-inflammatory and gut-enhancing properties to your favorite autumn coffee beverage
Before we begin, please note that you can also apply these tips to tea-based beverages. “You can’t go wrong with either beverage,” says Haire. Both coffee and tea are excellent sources of antioxidants and are loaded with essential nutrients (such as magnesium and potassium). Coffee and tea can also help maintain bone health as you age. In addition to their inherent health benefits, these beverages can be easily enhanced with a few autumn-inspired ingredients.