With the weather getting cooler and the air getting crisper, many of us are feel a little more chilled than we did a few weeks ago. As Michiganders, we're all well aware that one of the best ways to warm up is a hot beverage that warms us to our core. But did you know that many of your favorite Fall/Winter drinks have amazing health benefits?
Hot Apple Cider
While many of us don't think of Apple Cider as a health food, it has a surprising amount of benefits. Apple Cider has a ton of antioxidants which helps your body fight off free radical that can cause cancers. There's also a small amount of fiber that along with a healthy diet will positively affect your heart health and help promote a healthy weight.
Green Tea has a plethora of healthy compounds and benefits. Green Tea is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and help the body fight off the formation of free radicals. Green Tea may also help prevent cardiovascular disease as it has been proven to improve total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
Black Coffee isn't for everyone. It's definitely an acquired taste, but it has a ton of benefits. Not only does coffee give you an extra boost of energy, it also reduces your risk of cirrhosis of the liver. Studies have also found that for every extra cup of coffee a person drinks per day, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes is lowered by 7%.
Chocolate and good for you? Yes. Go for more natural varieties of Hot Chocolate and you're good to go. Hot Chocolate has a surprising amount of health benefits. Like a lot of these hot drinks, hot chocolate is also rich in antioxidants that help lower blood sugar and blood pressure. Hot Chocolate has also been found to reduce inflammation. Having trouble sleeping? A cup of Hot Chocolate after can help calm your mind so you can unwind before bed.