In Defense of Coffee
So what’s the deal with caffeine? A question I hear a lot when people are “dieting” or changing their health habits. Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people around the world every day. For most, it’s a zombie walk from the bed to that first delicious cup to wake you up and help you take on the day. There is a lot of controversy on whether or not coffee should be part of your everyday diet. Just like everything else- you can find ups and downs by reading endless articles online. But don’t fret! Coffee has a ton of health benefits (when not overloaded with sugar and creamJ) & and I’ll explain the one risk you actually need to worry about!
3 Amazing benefits of black coffee:
All because of the caffeine traveling from the bloodstream to the brain- making you more alert!
Coffee is a natural fat burner that boosts metabolic rate by 3-11%, & tastes delicious- doesn’t get much better than that!
Coffee is more than a morning boost of energy, it acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals which damage your cells. Drink your coffee for healthy cells!
2 Disease’s coffee MAY protect against:
Moderate consumption of coffee may lower your risk of developing liver cancer and even limits scar tissue built up in the liver. If you know someone who has liver cancer, drinking coffee can aid in slowing down progression of the disease.
A happier you from that morning cup of coffee? Well I know we all initially feel like we can take on anything, but it seems those feel good vibes last longer than expected. Studies show that consuming 3-4 cups of coffee a day gives you a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.
1 Risk to be aware of:
Keep your caffeine intake to no more than 400 mg, which is about 4 cups of brewed coffee. Too much caffeine (5 or more cups of coffee) can cause faster heartbeat, restlessness, anxiety, dehydration, increased blood pressure & gastrointestinal issues- because coffee acts as a laxative.
Don’t like your coffee black? Here’s some different ideas that won’t kill your waistline:
Vanilla or Almond extract
100% pure stevia extract- be careful, it’s 200X sweeter then table sugar so you don’t need much!
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Written by: Brianna Crosby, BS Nutrition and Dietetics