Have you wondered if you should cut back on coffee. Here is the good news about coffee for all those who are wondering. It has nothing to do with Starbucks.
Like the wonderful scent you experience when you open a fresh bag, coffee is the the best treat you can give yourself.
I have a daily routine. It begins with brewing a 6 cup pot of coffee. I am not extravagant nor will anyone call me a coffee snob. (I don’t believe being a coffee snob is a bad thing.) I just don’t happen to have a Keurig, coffee grinder or espresso machine.
I buy a dark blend of Folgers and I buy it when it’s on sale. I don’t keep it in the refrigerator. I brew it one small scoop per cup and then an extra little bit just to be safe.
I drink from mugs not cups. I fill the mug to about a third. It cools too fast to fill it up. After three, usually, I shut off the pot and let things cool. Around five in the afternoon I fill a small [10 oz] glass with ice and pour it full of the coffee I made 10 hours earlier.
I will generally finish the pot by bedtime. Sipping iced coffee in the evening seems healthier than adult beverages and is a whole lot cheaper.
I am not one of those who lays awake because of coffee.
I drink mine black. Adding cream and or sugar will have an affect on some of the benefits of drinking coffee.
Is Coffee Good For You?
The answer depends on your point of view.
If you’re getting your daily dose from Starbucks or other similar retailers, and you’re topping it with foam or other candy, then the answer is not so clear.
The first ill effect from a choice like Starbucks comes from the cost. As a senior who remembers coffee for a nickel with unlimited refills, shelling out $5 for a cup of foam seems a little harsh.
Did you ever ask your mother for coffee and she said no?
You asked ‘why’?
She told you it would stunt your growth.
None of the things she told you about coffee were true.
What Are The Benefits Of Coffee?
Here is the good news about coffee.
If you are looking for antioxidants, coffee is a a great place to start. The benefits of coffee in the battle over ‘free radicals’ are so numerous, it’s hard to know where to start.
Authority Nutrition, a respected site and a favorite of mine, states that coffee is the world’s, “biggest source of antioxidants.”
While some claim coffee is addictive and harmful, according to the studies cited by Authority Nutrition, the benefits surrounding coffee are supported by studies and science.
Here is an explanation I read, about antioxidants and free radicals.
Our body’s are made of a combination of electrons, protons and atoms. How they link together into molecules is important.
Large molecules make up fat, DNA and protein.
When these molecules are disrupted for whatever reason and loose an electron, Free Radicals are the results.
Free radicals have improperly balanced electrons and can damage other molecules. The result is often disease.
Antioxidants are the answer to free radicals creating havoc with healthy molecules. Antioxidants take on the role of replacing missing electrons and stabilizing what otherwise would be a free radical.
There are other sources of antioxidants. Here are a few cooked vegetables rich in antioxidants.
I don’t know about you, but I like drinking coffee more than I like eating any of these. I am not suggesting we skip these. Just that my coffee seems so much better.
I only wish to make the point regarding the benefits of enjoying a cup of coffee.
Other Health Benefits
A publication from the National Institute of Health makes the case regarding Type 2 diabetes. “…habitual coffee consumption is associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes.”
A similar publication from the NIH states that coffee drinkers (and tea drinkers) had a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease.
They also studied liver cirrhosis. The findings showed that long term coffee drinkers consuming 3 or more cups per day over 40 years had reduced incidences of liver cirrhosis.
Finally we come to mortality. Again the NIH published an article with this conclusion: “Regular coffee consumption was not associated with an increased mortality rate in either men or women.”
The Benefits Of Drinking Coffee
Benefits begin with increased energy along with better brain functions.
We all know that coffee contains caffeine. For many, it’s the substance that keeps you awake at night. It is also the substance that gives you energy during the day.
A benefit of caffeine is the effect is as on the brain. Caffeine triggers various elements of the brain called neurotransmitters creating energy and effecting mood and memory. If you want all the science you can read about here Authority Nutrition.
In addition to the points above, the Authority Nutrition article linked above lists the ways that coffee is beneficial.
A summary includes these:
- Increases energy.
- Fat Burn
- Improve physical performance
- Coffee is full of nutrients.
- Aids in the prevention of dementia.
- Coffee may aid in reducing depression.
- Reduces the risks for certain cancers.
- May lower the risk of Heart disease
- May lower the risk of stroke.
If you are looking for a reason not to drink coffee, I hope it ends with, ‘you don’t like the taste.’
Coffee is good for you. In the studies I read there were no negative reports. I understand there are anecdotal cases where caffeine will give people the jitters or keep them awake at night.
If that’s you, then do what is best. The good news about coffee is the overwhelming list of reasons to be a coffee drinker. It’s just plain good for you.
As always. If you have a comment or question, let me know in the comments below.