Is coffee good for your health?

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Is coffee healthy?

Here’s why coffee can be extremely GOOD for you if you do it right!
Mmm, coffee… almost everybody drinks it… some people have 3-4 cups per day or more.

But most people don’t think of it as a “health drink”. And it’s certainly NOT healthy the way most people make it with loads of added sugar or artificial sweeteners and artificial creamers.

But I’ll give you my tips here on how to make healthy coffee and what to watch out for…

First, you may have seen debate in the past about how coffee has some compounds in it that could have negative health effects such as small amounts of acrylamides or other possibly harmful compounds in brewed coffee.
But, the good news is that coffee has such high concentrations of beneficial antioxidants, phenolic nutrients, chlorogenic acids, and other healthy compounds , that it more than counteracts any bad compounds.

In fact, coffee provides the biggest source of antioxidants for a lot of people… although that mostly has to do with the fact that many don’t get enough antioxidants from fruits and veggies, so coffee ends up being their biggest source. You should try to diversify your sources of antioxidants from fruits, veggies, spices, herbs, berries, beans, unsweetened organic cocoa, teas, and yes, even coffee if you like it.

Benefits Of Drinking Coffee

  • Coffee may stop the development of colon cancer with high levels of consumption.
    You would have to drink four or more cups to see this effect. You may have to trade in your single cup coffee maker to achieve this goal!
  • Coffee has certain antioxidants that are also found in wine that can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
    The antioxidants found in coffee may be greater than those found in other fruits such as apples, tomatoes, or cranberries.
    Another great reason to grab a cappuccino.
  • There have been Chinese studies that link a positive effect between coffee drinking and reducing the negative effects of Parkinsons disease.
  • There have been studies in the U.S. and in Scandinavia that link coffee to a reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes.
    Since the Scandinavians drink more coffee than anyone this is good news for them!
  • Coffee may also lower ones risk of getting kidney stones or gallstones.
  • Caffeine also aids us in digestion.
  • For asthmas sufferers caffeine can help with breathing and coffee also has theophylline which is a bronchodilator which helps as well.

Risks Of Drinking Coffee

  • Reduced fertility for men.
  • For women calcium loss from high caffeine intake may cause weak bones.
  • Drinking lots of coffee can also cause incontinence in women.
  • Drinking lots of coffee can also give you a higher level of homocysteine which can lead to heart disease.
    An increase in LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol has also been shown, but its hard to know whether this will lead to a heart attack or not.
  • Cafestol is found in coffee and also thought to increase cholesterol in European brews that boil the beans in water.
    American coffee made through filtering or percolation is less likely to give this effect.

Weighing the benefits of coffee drinking shouldnt be hard.
If you drink coffee in a moderate amount you should see the benefits without the risks.
So indulge in your favorite cappuccino today!

How to make healthy coffee

While coffee has proven health benefits, how you make it and how you take it matter too.
Here’s how you can enjoy specialty coffee drinks without ruining your healthy diet or loading up on sugar.

3 Tricks To Make Your Coffee Super Healthy

So what’s the best way to make a healthy cup of coffee?

Well, here’s my 3 most important tricks to maximize the benefits of coffee and minimize the negatives:

  1. Healthy Ways To Sweeten Coffee

    First of all, you need to AVOID adding any refined sugar or harmful artificial sweeteners.

    What I do instead is use either a very small touch of organic maple syrup or a half packet of natural stevia to just lightly sweeten my coffee.

    I’ve also become a big fan of coconut sugar recently.This is healthier than plain sugar because it does contain some minerals and other nutrients.
    Coconut sugar also has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.

    On the other hand, if you like your coffee black with no sweetener at all, that’s the healthiest way.

    If you’re getting your coffee at a coffee shop, make sure to avoid all of those fancy specialty coffees.
    Drinks like sweetened flavoured lattes, frappuccinos, etc are almost ALWAYS loaded with extra sugars or artificial sweeteners.

    Some of those fancy coffee drinks at Starbucks or other coffee shops can have 300-400 calories in just one coffee!
    Definitely not good for your body or your blood sugar or insulin levels.

    A latte or cappucino can be okay as long as you make sure to ask for it unsweetened, and then use your own stevia if you need a light sweet taste.

    Since almost every coffee shop only has either sugar or artificial sweeteners as options.
    I always carry packets of stevia on me when I know I might be getting coffee at a coffee shop on a particular day.

  2. Healthy Coffee Creamer

    You also should try to AVOID at all costs any of those terrible artificial creamers (liquid or powder), which are usually made with corn syrup solids and hydrogenated oils (harmful trans fats).
    Instead, use a little bit of REAL full-fat cream (organic grass-fed if you can find it, as the CLA and vitamin K2 in grass-fed cream can be very healthy ).

    Or, if I can’t get grass-fed cream, what I’ve also been using for a while now is coconut cream as one of the healthiest creamer alternatives.
    I get this by buying cans of organic coconut milk, and then after opening the can (shake the can well before opening),
    I store the coconut milk in the fridge in a container.
    Note: that the cans of coconut milk are much creamier and better as a coffee creamer than those cartons of “coconut milk drink” which are just watered down coconut milk.

    The thick creamy coconut milk is the healthiest option for coffee creamer because it’s loaded with super healthy saturated fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).
    These are known to boost your immune system and your metabolism!
    Plus, coconut milk in coffee is just plain delicious! It’s the best healthy creamer option by far aside from just using real grass-fed dairy cream.

    When people visit my house and we make a pot of coffee, many times I’ll have them try the coconut cream in their coffee and almost everyone always comments how much they love it!

  3. Coffee Antioxidants

    If you want to load your coffee up with more healthy antioxidants and good taste, consider trying some added cinnamon to your coffee.
    Cinnamon can help control blood sugar and has many other health benefits.
    It’s also really tasty in coffee!

    I also occasionally like to add a teaspoon of organic cocoa powder (non-sweetened) to my coffee to make my own sort of mocha coffee (but without the loads of sugar in a typical mocha you’d get at the coffee shop, so just use a little stevia to sweeten).
    The added cocoa powder also gives you great taste and a good dose of extra healthy antioxidants (and cocoa is also known for helping to lower blood pressure!)

    I personally only drink 1 cup of coffee per day, because I don’t want to overdose on caffeine and don’t want to get addicted to caffeine like some people are. Also, excessive amounts of caffeine can cause adrenal fatigue over time in some people. I usually even mix my beans half regular and half decaf to reduce the caffeine amount per cup.

    I see people that drink 3-4 cups per day that get a massive headache if they don’t have their daily coffee due to caffeine withdrawal.
    I choose to avoid this addiction by only drinking 1 cup per day max.

    I drink various teas like green, oolong, black, and white teas at other times, which are much lower in caffeine.
    Or I like to use rooibos or other herbal teas many times which have no caffeine at all.

    But despite the caffeine content, there is loads of data that show the high antioxidant levels and health benefits to coffee.

    Lastly, it’s extremely important to choose organic coffee beans, as conventional coffee is one of the most heavily treated crops with pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides.

    Remember that one of the many health risks with these chemicals is that some pesticides can act as “xenoestrogens” in your body, disrupting hormone balance for both men and women.
    Chronic xenoestrogen exposure can also be one cause of “stubborn abdominal fat” in both sexes as well as “man boobs” in men.

    So choose organic as often as you can with most foods, but especially with coffee!

Enjoy your coffee and these additions that we talked about in this article, knowing that it can actually do your body good in moderation!

So coffee can be a super-healthy choice for a lean, healthy, & strong body as well as keeping your digestive system healthy if you follow the tips you just learned…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little topic today about Is coffee good for your health and How to make healthy coffee!

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