Many Americans love waking up to the smell and taste of coffee. Not only does it give us that morning jolt and mental clarity, but it is also provides several health benefits as well if you do not exceed more than four 6 oz. cups daily.
- Research shows that the caffeine component of coffee reduces the onset of Parkinson’s disease by up to 80% if consumed regularly.
- The risk of developing type 2 Diabetes may be lowered from naturally occurring magnesium and an antioxidant called quinine that is increased after roasting.
- Certain cancers such as colon and liver as well as gallstones are also reduced when regularly consuming coffee.
- The development of heart failure may decline by 11% when two 8 oz. cups are regularly consumed. (The American Heart Association recommends limiting coffee or caffeine containing foods to no more than 16 oz. daily if you currently have heart disease.)
The real dangers of coffee come with what we are adding to it. Be cautious of products listed as “coffee creamers” that are usually loaded with trans-fat, sugars and unnecessary additives. Products labeled as having “No trans-fat” usually contain them, but not enough per serving to constitute the proper labeling of so. Partially hydrogenated fats or fully hydrogenated fats are what you are looking for within the ingredient list when spotting trans-fat.
Instead try these natural, whole food alternatives with a mindful, healthful serving:
- Milk of choice i.e. whole, rice, almond, soy
- Half and half
- Fresh cream
- White sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup or honey
- Pure extracts such as vanilla or almond
- Dried spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or clove
Now go enjoy a fresh cup of brew and reap the health benefits while being mindful of the additives.