Benefits of Coffee: It's Delicious and Healthy Too!
Reasons to Love Coffee
Not only does coffee provide a needed pick me up for most of us, but research tells us that “it does a body good” too. As a coffee drinker myself, I rejoice at this positive mention of my morning companion. Coffee drinking friends, we now have another reason, other than the need for a stimulant, to drink our morning cup-o-Joe.
So you may be wondering….what are the coffee benefits you speak of? Well, there is an abundance of coffee benefits that you may have never guessed…like reducing your chances to get type 2 diabetes and you can pretty much forget about Alzheimer’s disease (no pun intended).
What interested me most when delving into this healthful black (brownish) drink was the fact that all data has shown reduced risk for Parkinson’s disease in coffee drinkers. My grandfather passed after a troubling fight with the disease when I was a kid. Though there is no genetic link, phew, I feel fabulous knowing that drinking coffee for my pleasure may also be kicking my chances of getting Parkinson’s in the butt!
I always tell my parents that they just aren’t allowed to have anything wrong with them in their later years. Alzheimer’s Disease is one of those scary creepers that most of us hope to live life without…and again coffee can lower your risk. A study that followed participants for 20 years showed that people that drank 3-5 cups a day were 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s than the non-drinkers.
If that isn’t enough for you to go and start your coffee pot brewing right this instant, coffee drinkers are also 20% less likely to be hospitalized for heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythms. You are also less likely to have a stroke than the “non-drinkers.” For women especially, drinking 2 cups or more made them 20% less likely to have a stroke during their lifetime. Lowering both these risks is attributed to the fact that coffee also prevents type 2 diabetes! People that drank 4-6 cups had a 28% lower risk and those that we’re a little crazy at this point (I mean I love coffee and all, but wow), drinking 6 or 7 cups a day were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes.
Coffee is also super low-cal! So if you are watching your waistline, don’t fret. Coffee only has 7 calories per 6 ounces that you enjoy. Now, when you start adding creamer, sugar, and other yummy mix-ins, you will see the calories rack up quickly. So, if you have a sweet tooth like me and just can’t drink you’re coffee black, go to Trader Joe’s and pick up their vanilla (or plain) creamer that only has 30 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving, and NO dreaded trans fat, hooray!
Want to gain some of these benefits of coffee now? My favorite gadget for making a cup fast and not spending 4 bucks at Starbucks is the Keurig one cup coffee maker! We got one a couple months back and I think our Cuisinart might be getting jealous. The Keurig lets you make one cup whenever you want with whatever blend you feel like (don’t have to have a whole pot of Columbian if you don’t want…switch it up and have French or my fave “Doughnut Shop”).
Pregnant or thinking about it? Well, there is no risk for the wee one if you drink less than 12 ounces per day. So just cut back so that your newborn doesn’t require a caffeine drip. I still had a vanilla latte everyday when I was preggo and the occasional midday cup when needed.
Drawbacks? Not really. But, yes there is a but, if you have heartburn, it may increase because coffee is very acidic. My answer to this is milk! Just drink some milk to naturally reduce the burn. Also, coffee is a natural diuretic…so if you drink a gallon at the office, you may find yourself at the potty more than you would like.
Disclaimer: Please, don’t go nuts and drink a whole pot of coffee to yourself tomorrow morning. But do continue to enjoy your regular daily dosage and reap some of the health benefits of coffee too!