Thursday, 30 January 2014

Health Benefits of Coffee

            It seems there's often conflicting information in the news about whether or not coffee is actually good fro you. So,lets take a look and see what we find.
           Coffee's main benefit is its antioxidant content.In fact,according to reseachers from the University of Scranton,coffee is the number one source of antioxidant in our diet. Decaf coffee appears to provide as much of an antioxidant punch as regular coffee.Coffee's ORAC score is 15,000 to 17,000-one of the highest levels of any food.
            The caffeine in coffee may help reduce the chance of developing Parkinson Disease and protect against gallstones. Regular coffee drinkers will not be surprised to know that caffeine has been shown to increase alertness,enhance mood, temporarily improve physical stamina,and relieve headaches.Moderate coffee consumption has also been associated with a reduced rate of type 2 diabetes and a lowered risk of Alzheimer's Disease.Of course, moderation is important. Too much caffeine can cause sleep troubles and may cause fertility difficulties for women who are trying to become pregnant.

How to Choose Coffee at the Store
If possible, buy whole beans anf grind them at home to get the freshest cup.You'll maximize the antioxidant content,plus your coffee will taste better,so you wont have to add as much milk and sugar to make it palatable. Dark roast appears to deliver more antioxidants than light roast coffee. 

Ways to Include Healthier Coffee in Your Diet
You probably dont need help including more coffee in your diet,so let's look at ways to include healthier coffee in you diet instead,

Use less sugar: Adding sugar to coffee ups its calorie content and artificial sweetners are loaded with chemicals and are not good for you. Try adding a little cocoa or cinnamon to your coffee instead
Use Real Milk or Cream: Creamers are full of unpronoucceable ingreients,and the flavored versions often contain sugar or high-fructose corn syrup
Watch the Coffee Shop Drinks: Be careful what you order at coffee shops. Some of their drinks have as many calories as you would consume in an entire meal. Drip coffee or an Americano is your best bet.
      I hope this has helped clear up some of the confusion about coffee. Enjoy !                 


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