A Better Addition to Your Coffee
Vanilla extract is that ubiquitous flavoring you keep in your spice cabinet and pull out when you are baking or are making whipped cream. But a few drops of this creamy liquid can also flavor and sweeten your coffee without the complications of sugar and half and half. This magical flavoring can increase your mental performance and enhance your mood while alleviating stomach aches, joint pain, and stress. This source suggests adding vanilla bean to your grounds. By so doing, your brewed cup of coffee will not only smell of the essence of vanilla; it will taste like it, too.
If you are a vanilla latte aficionado, vanilla extract will give you a very similar taste to this drink sans the sugar. An average serving of vanilla syrup clocks in at 20 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons. When you skip that and go for the extract, it saves a vast amount of sugar, especially when you consider the daily recommended intake of sugar is just six teaspoons — 25 grams or 100 calories — per day for women and nine teaspoons — 36 grams or 150 calories — per day for men. So, the next time you need a little sweetener for your coffee, try some vanilla extract.