Take a Coffee Break

By Meghan Rabbitt

Drinking caffeinated coffee before breakfast can increase your risk of type-2 diabetes—even if you take your java without sugar, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It reported that volunteers who drank caffeinated coffee an hour before they ate cereal had blood sugar levels 250 percent higher than those who knocked back some decaf. The researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada postulate that caffeine makes our bodies insulin resistant, which in turn leads to spikes in our blood sugar levels. But there’s no need to ditch your morning java jolt altogether, says Susan Moores, RD, a nutritionist in St. Paul, Minnesota. Simply have your cup after a bite or two. “Having some food in your stomach before drinking coffee can lessen the blood sugar–raising effects,” says Moores.