certainly am one of the 62 percent of Americans who drink
coffee on a daily basis especially when I haul it around in my
new d.stil thermal tumbler that keeps it hot and doesn’t
drip on my chin. Besides its caffeine content to wake us up,
several new studies suggest that — for many of us — coffee
may perk up our health as well.
to an article by registered dietitian, Judith Thalheimer,
coffee offers us much more than caffeine. It contains more
than 1000 active compounds with antioxidant and
anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, coffee drinkers may get
more of these helpful substances in their daily cups of joe
than they get in tea.
scientists put all the reliable data together and crunch the
results, coffee comes out associated with several positive
attributes, Thalheimer reports. Coffee drinking is associated
with a lower risk of many types of cancer. It may even lower
our risk for developing type 2 diabetes, although we’re not
than 2 cups of coffee a day is considered a high intake,
according to those who study its effects on health. But who
knows what a "cup" of coffee actually is? What’s
interesting is that many benefits are observed from more
rather than less coffee intake. Praise the Lord.
everything in coffee is magically good for us, however.
Compounds called diterpenes help fight against cancer. Yet
they also raise bad LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. More
of these compounds are found in unfiltered coffee such as
Turkish or French press. Much lower levels are found in
filtered and instant coffees, say scientists.
women should also not overdo coffee, especially the leaded
kind. Caffeine stays in the system longer during pregnancy and
crosses over to baby, who does not have the ability to break
it down. Women who drink a lot of coffee (generally more than
1 to 2 cups a day) have an increased risk for miscarriage or a
baby of low birth weight, according to recent studies.
although coffee drinking appears to lower our risk from dying
of heart disease, people with high blood pressure need to
avoid large doses of caffeine. Remedy? Choose decaf; it
benefits the heart, too.
people who need to limit their intake of this pick-me-up are
those with digestive issues such as gastroesophageal reflux
disease (GERD) or sleep disorders. And forget it if you think
pure shots of caffeine are good for you. Coffee’s benefits
are more likely a combination of all its ingredients, say
let’s be honest. Many of our favorite foo-foo coffee
beverages are loaded with sugar and fat calories with their
own associated health risks. Take it easy.