The perfect brew for a healthier you
Have you had your coffee fix today?
If so, you are like the 66% of adults in the U.S who consume coffee daily, according to the National Coffee Association. Current neighborhood “gathering spots” are coffee shops where patrons can get their caffeine jolt in a healthier alternative to soft drinks. Espresso, gourmet, frozen blended, cold brew and bottled coffees have all surged in popularity.
Just as coffee has become the number one source of antioxidants (or disease-fighting substances) in the American diet, research also shows many promising health benefits of coffee consumption.
Coffee is certainly not a “cure all” or “prevent all” beverage, but studies to date show the following perks:
- An increase of one to two cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. (Source)
- Increased caffeine and coffee intake may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. (Source)
- Three or more cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%. (Source)
- There may be as much as a 66% reduction in death from liver cirrhosis with consumption of at least two cups of coffee per day. (Source)
- Two cups of coffee per day may help protect against heart failure. (Source)
- Drinking coffee (and tea) can alter fat storage and support gut health, both of which may be beneficial for weight management. (Source)
As you head down to your local java house for a vanilla latte or grab your favorite home brew, keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be just that — too much.
While coffee itself is a low-calorie treat, the creamers, sugars and syrups equal calories. These additions may pour on 300 to 500 extra calories per beverage! For a waistline-friendly beverage, consider flavored coffee or, better yet, cinnamon to your regular coffee. If you’re sensitive to dairy, consider adding unsweetened almond or cashew milk, which can add flavor and creaminess.
Does the thought of drinking more coffee make you jittery? Opt for decaffeinated. You can glean health benefits without the nervousness and insomnia that may follow caffeine intake.