BLOG: The occurrence of daylight savings time always comes as a rude awakening! “Spring ahead” not only causes us to lose an hour of sleep, but can actually decrease the spring in our step as we head to work in unfamiliar darkness.
Fortunately, there is good news for this those who need a little energy boost. In a recent report from the dietary guidelines advisory committee, experts suggested increasing the amount of coffee consumed each day. The panel cites evidence, which demonstrates that 400mg of caffeine, or 3 to 5 (8 oz) cups of Joe a day, is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And if daylight savings time means more hours of sunlight after work, then it would be helpful to know that consuming three or more cups of coffee a day may help lower the risk certain skin cancers as well.
The new report left many consumers wondering, “What’s the catch?” And, of course, the recommendation did come with a warning; suggesting the intake of foods with added sugars to be dramatically decreased. This means that coffee with added sugar and calories, from cream and sweeteners, will not provide the nutritional boost emphasized in the report.
But this is why I love Stewart’s coffee. The self-serve counter experience allows customers to control how much cream and sugar they add to their morning cup. Unlike other coffee stops, where even a “light” drink can have upwards of 25g of sugar (multiply that by 5 cups per day!), Stewart’s lets you adjust your cup. I recommend drinking your morning brew with a just few tablespoons of Stewart’s fresh, low-fat milk. For those who like their coffee a little sweetened, adding your own pinch of sugar can keep you within your dietary recommendations.
Stop in to your local Stewart’s Shop every morning for a freshly brewed cup of coffee that’s yours for the making. And with a Stewart’s located in nearly every neighborhood it is sure to save you precious time in the morning, and there is nothing sweeter or brighter than that!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.