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‘Healthier’ Coffee? I’ll Pass, Thanks

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I saw a health tip on one of those many health-centered daytime shows the other day involving your morning cup of joe. I was intrigued enough to give it a try, but I quickly learned my lesson and I thought I’d pass it along to you.

The trick involves cinnamon, which has long been suggested as a good spice to have on hand to assist people with weight loss. The claim, according to the show, is that cinnamon helps raise metabolism that can burn fat faster.  The host suggested that instead of cream and sugar, just stir in a heaving spoonful of ground cinnamon.

I don’t hate cinnamon, but I do love my coffee with cream and sugar. (Just the way Jack Ryan from The Hunt for Red October takes his coffee…don’t judge.)

So I poured a mug, grabbed some ground cinnamon and stirred it in.

It only took one tiny sip to tell me that this was a horrific idea. That cinnamon-polluted coffee is on its way to the Atlantic, sure to kill anything in the pipes that it encounters on its way.

I’m fine with anything that will help boost the metabolism; but if it tastes like that, I’ll settle for keeping it where it is. A little cinnamon sprinkled on top of coffee with adequate amounts of cream and sugar in it? That may be doable. But just not yet. Cinnamon and I are on a break while I try to rid my taste buds of that sensation.

Your Turn:

Have you ever tried a weight loss trick you thought was a great idea, only to discover it tasted absolutely awful?

9 Comments

  1. I’d forgotten to come back and comment on this post!  I’ve actually tried cinnamon in my coffee!  I made the mistake of not mixing it up properly, however, and ended up with a sludge in the bottom of my cup!  Yuck!  I might try it again – as I liked the taste before I encountered the sludge – but I’ll be sure to mix it up properly and use a little less next time.

  2. I’d forgotten to come back and comment on this post!  I’ve actually tried cinnamon in my coffee!  I made the mistake of not mixing it up properly, however, and ended up with a sludge in the bottom of my cup!  Yuck!  I might try it again – as I liked the taste before I encountered the sludge – but I’ll be sure to mix it up properly and use a little less next time.

  3. Everyone’s a critic…or feels that they have somehow stumbled upon a healthier version of something. I don’t drink coffee – in fact, I’ve never even tasted coffee! Bootlegs the mind, eh? Not everyone wants coffee. I drink nearly gallons of decaffeinated black teas, however, and take each and everyone the same way: skim milk, Splenda. No exceptions. That is as healthy as I care to go. And people give me a difficult time… Over the skim milk, mostly. To them I say, in the time-honored naval tradition, “Nuts!”

  4. Do you normally like cinnamon, Patrick? I’ve never tried it in coffee, but I love it just about everywhere else, so I’d be willing to try this “healthier” take on the drink. Maybe it would be better if you added sugar AND cinnamon? Then it wouldn’t be quite as healthy, I guess. 🙂 Thanks for the laugh this Wednesday morning! 

    1.  @annedreshfield I normally like it, just not at that level. But they made it sound like it would be a nice, creamy alternative to cream and sugar. (Which is to say, they lied!)
       
      Not only wasn’t the resulting concoction sweet, it was brick red and chalky.
       
      I can STILL taste it.  Ugh!

  5. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now (wow, does time fly or what…) and posts like this one are what keep me coming back.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.