The Pros and Cons of Flavored Coffee

Flavored coffeeFlavored coffee is as common as ordinary coffee. However, there seems to be confusion when it comes to the type of flavor used. Whether you like Arabica coffee with a simple non-dairy creamer and hot water, a cold brew coffee for that perfect iced coffee, or just drinking coffee with your own brewing methods are as natural as waking up for many people.

Whether you like Arabica coffee with a simple non-dairy creamer and hot water, a cold brew coffee for that perfect iced coffee, or just drinking coffee with your own brewing methods are as natural as waking up for many people.

However, the pros of flavored coffee are only emphasized when the flavor is a healthy choice such as honey or fruit juice. Here are some of the pros and cons of flavored coffee:

  • Pros

Honey in coffee#1: Some flavored coffees are healthier – Honey, for instance, is a healthier alternative to sugar. Likewise, fruit juices are far better than artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

Honey is believed to contain simple sugars such as glucose and fructose that can be easily burned; hence they are less likely to be converted into fat in the body, unlike the complex white sugars that take more time to burn.

#2: Flavored coffee tastes much better than unflavored coffee – Whether you are adding honey, orange juice, or a mix of fruit juice to your coffee, the taste can be awesome in every way.

Hence, those that cannot stand the bitter taste of strong coffee beans can enjoy their favorite coffee by simply adding few tablespoons of these flavors to improve the taste of coffee. The sweetness of honey in coffee, for instance, is sweeter than ordinary white sugar and that can increase the sweetness of your coffee.

lowering blood sugar#3: Flavored coffee helps avoid low blood pressure – The way coffee affects blood pressure is still being studied. However, most people will admit that coffee has a way of lowering blood sugar, especially when it is consumed on an empty stomach.

For those who cannot resist the urge to consume coffee early in the morning even before they take breakfast, it will be much better to add some flavoring substances such as milk to ensure that the sudden effect of coffee on the blood pressure is lowered, otherwise they will have to postpone coffee consumption to breakfast time or after.

#4: Reduces the browning of the teeth – The browning of the teeth is one of those annoying problems associated with long-term consumption of black and brown coffee. Coffee seems to contribute towards tar building around the front, back, and the edges of the teeth, thus causing a rapid browning of the tooth.

If you are the type who hardly brushes their teeth after consuming coffee, you may find it difficult to deal with this problem. However, the only solution to coffee browning of the teeth is to ensure that tooth brushing is incorporated into your daily habits, at least once in the morning and once at night.

bad breath#5: It reduces mouth odor problems – The addition of some flavors to coffee can help remove mouth odors, especially ones that occur few minutes after consuming a cup of coffee.

Most coffee drinkers do not consume water after drinking coffee, and the rich, strong coffee taste will eventually stick to the inner part of the mouth in less than 30 minutes.

The addition of mint to the coffee, for instance, can reduce this strong odor and make the coffee taste dissipate after a while. Some people also lick peppermint after consuming coffee and they achieve the same effect.

  • Cons

calories#1: Flavored coffee has higher calories – Despite the fact that flavors such as honey are healthy additives for coffee, they also contain higher calories which mean flavored coffee may not be ideal for some individuals looking for ways of reducing their calories on a daily basis.

While a teaspoon of sugar may contain 16 calories, a teaspoon of honey contains around 21 calories. This may not make any difference for most drinkers, as long as honey is a healthier choice.

#2: Flavored coffee reduces the strong and rich taste of coffee flavor. With flavors such as milk and honey, blending with the ground coffee beans, the rich bitter taste will be sharply reduced and this may not be ideal for people who enjoy such richness.

If you truly want to enjoy the health benefits of coffee, you need to enjoy it raw without adding any flavor to improve the taste. For those who cannot stomach the strong coffee taste and its warm effect in the system, flavoring their cups of coffee is the best way to go.

brown teeth#3: It causes gradual browning of the teeth – Long-term consumption of coffee has been linked with some dental issues, and most of them start with gradual browning of the teeth before tooth decay sets in. Browning of the teeth usually occurs in people who hardly drink water or brush their teeth after consuming more than one cup of coffee.

The browning may be controllable in the beginning; however, most people wouldn’t notice the browning until it has gotten to a more serious level.

#4: Causes mouth odor – The smell of a strong coffee takes a longer time to dissipate from the mouth, this can make some people feel uncomfortable when they speak with someone who has just taken few cups of coffee.

Though the smell of coffee dissipates without rinsing the mouth after few hours, but rinsing the mouth especially when you consume more than a cup of coffee will definitely help you avoid foul smell from the mouth. Individuals who take strong coffee without any dilution will usually have a difficult time speaking with people closely.

coffee#5: It can trigger some digestive disorders – Certain digestive disorders have been linked with flavored coffee. Individuals who suffer from lactose intolerance can still suffer from the disorder especially when they mix their coffee with dairy products such as milk and yogurt.

Strong coffee, regardless of how dark it is, cannot prevent one from suffering from lactose triggers. Aside from lactose intolerance, some people who consume flavored coffee do report digestive problems, diarrhea, and, in some cases, dizziness and vomiting.

Most of these side effects may not occur when moderately flavored coffee such as a cup or two a day is consumed. However, consuming the flavored coffee frequently, especially at short intervals, will usually trigger such issues.