It’s no secret: food-marketing geniuses use many tricks and deceptions to create a false impression of the nutritional value of many foods & drinks in order to make more profits.
Of all the tricks that have deceived us over the years, ‘skinny’ coffees (cappuccinos/lattes/flat whites and more) are right up there with soft drinks that claim ‘zero’ sugar, fat or negative side-effects.
A skinny cap, or any other skim milk coffee, may sound like the perfect drink. With a skinny coffee you get:
- The buzz – That pleasant rush for your body and brain. This lift makes you feel a sense of euphoria and, for a time, you feel mentally sharper – perfect for a day at the desk.
- Low calories – Good for the waistline, right?
- Taste – Most importantly a well-made coffee when served with the perfect amount of warm milk and froth is incredibly enjoyable and comforting – Heaven in a cup.
Caffeine (most commonly consumed as coffee) is enjoyed by 90% of Australian adults, but I’m afraid to tell you there are some flaws with our favourite morning beverage, especially those in ‘Skinny’ form.
- Let’s first talk about the buzz – The jolt experienced is due to a ‘Grande’ release of adrenaline, cortisol and other stimulating hormones. Experiencing this jolt is great 30-45 minutes before a monster workout, but before a day at the desk this will most likely lead to an insulin-spike soon followed by a massive insulin crash. This often leads to cravings for more caffeine, or refined carbs and/or sugar, and these are a major contributor to excess love handles (discreetly check yours now).
- Low in calories – Sounds nice, but when you soon after gorge yourself on the nearest empty, carb-loaded snack (such as a pastry, muffin, biscuit or cake) to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal, these empty calories quickly flood the fat cells.
- When you have a coffee without any protein or fat (from say whole milk or cream) and on an empty stomach, not only can it lead to potential stomach ulcers, IBS & smelly backend gas bombs, but a steeper insulin-spike, which inevitably leads to an even stepper energy crash and ‘Step-over-your-own-Mother-to-get-them’ carb cravings.
It is this final point that makes the skinny cap a poorer option. Just like butter, full-cream milk has received an unfair, inaccurate presentation in the market. Skim milk is so deficient in essential nutrients (mainly essential fats and vitamins A, D, E & K) its technical name is ‘Milk Water’. Paying for a little white water in your coffee seems crazy, right?
Here are the facts:
- Natural fats fill you up faster and taste amazing. Two good reasons Mother Nature put them there in the first place.
- Lower levels of fat in the diet have lead to an increase in global obesity levels.
- When you don’t eat whole-foods, including whole milk, your body is starved of essential fats and nutrients. The past 30 ‘Low-Fat’ years have proven the body will find a way to maintain balance, usually with a mid-morning or late night binge.
- Mother Nature didn’t make any mistakes when she put fat in food. Can the same be said of food chemists in laboratories? …I’m not so sure.
- Those with healthy, lean, fit bodies don’t diet, they keep well-hydrated and consume real foods. In contrast, lifelong dieters will tend to count calories…forever.
BOTTOM LINE – If you don’t eat enough natural fat you won’t feel full. You will feel constantly hungry, you’ll keep eating and pile on the pounds.
If you don’t feel fully satisfied after 3-4 hours after a skinny coffee, try full-cream milk and see how you feel. Tune in tomorrow to learn the BEST form of coffee so you can enjoy all of the highs without any of the lows.