Health Benefits of Coffee
Friday July 10, 2015
Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Most adults in America will start their day with a cup of coffee. And the great news is that we are now finding out the health benefits in addition to that boost of energy of that daily cup of joe that you consume. Now, when I am talking about coffee, I mean the kind you brew in your Mr. Coffee maker or your Keurig or the standard cup of coffee from your local coffee shop. I do NOT mean the sugar-filled, calorie laden coffee drinks, such as Frappaccino® or a Venti caramel latte with whole milk. The extra fat and calories that are in those beverages, not only pack on the pounds, but they can reduce the amount of healthy substances that are in coffee.
Coffee was once thought to be a red flag for those with either known heart disease or trying to avoid heart disease. Now, we are finding decreased mortality for those that consume coffee.
Coffee is also now thought to reduce your risk for certain chronic diseases, such as Parkinson’s, cancer, type 2 Diabetes.
Coffee is a bean and like most beans that we eat, they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that help prevent tissue damage caused by free radicals in the body. Most studies that have tested the health benefits of coffee suggest 2-3 cups/day. So, go ahead, have another cup of coffee. Drink to your health!
By: Liz Watt, RD