Why you SHOULD drink coffee
I admit, I have one vice (OK…two). Second place goes to cheese and the winner is COFFEE! I just love the taste of that first sip in the morning…I can’t think of anything better. Can you relate? Can you even function without that first cup? I know I can’t. Well, I have some good news for the coffee adorers out there, so listen up!
Of the 11 studies that tracked nearly 480,000 people in six countries for up to 24 years, researchers found that those who drank one cup of coffee a day had an 8 percent lower risk of stroke than those who drank no coffee. A 13 to 17 percent lower risk was found in those who drank two to six cups a day. The researchers couldn’t determine whether regular coffee, decaf, or both led to the lower risk. (Am. J. Epidemiol. 2011)
Am I telling you to guzzle a half pot of coffee each day…NO! But don’t feel guilty for the one to two cups you are drinking. A few key points to keep in mind:
- Don’t “overdress” your java! From cream, sugar, caramel syrup to whipped cream, these extra accessories can undo the benefits of coffee. Did you know for every grande Caffe Mocha you gulp down at Starbucks, you’re packing your body with 9 grams of saturated fat and 9 teaspoons of sugar? Treat these dessert-like beverages like, well…dessert! Indulge only on occasion. Try a grande non-fat Caffe Latte instead…no saturated fat!
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon in the grounds before you brew! I guarantee, you’ll never drink “cinnamonless” coffee again. Not only does cinnamon boost brain function, it’s also considered an anti-inflammatory food AND slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. Hint: The cinnamon won’t seep through a white coffee filter, you’ll have to use a permanent coffee filter basket instead.
- Don’t drink coffee if you are sensitive to caffeine! How can you tell? If you’ve ever experienced the “jitters” after just one cup of coffee, you’re probably caffeine-sensitive.
- If you are pregnant, have no more than one cup of coffee per day. Or just drink decaf!
So go ahead and enjoy that cup of Colombian, cinnamon-laced coffee with just a dash of milk. This is one vice you can feel good about!