Nothing to Fear about Coffee

For many of us out there, it's hard to imagine going a day without coffee. Whether you are cuddled up with a fresh cup of joe on a cold winter morning or you’re picking up your third cup of the day between meetings, we all find time to get that buzz of caffeine. But there is often some fear that coffee may not be best for our health, so what’s the deal?

Well, the good news is that much of the recent research done on coffee has found that there is nothing to fear about it, and it may even provide some positive health benefits along the way (besides getting that caffeine fix). That’s right! Drinking coffee might actually provide some extra positive health benefits in modest and consistent amounts. Let’s discuss a couple of these qualities.

While caffeine is usually the driving force of the conversation around coffee, this beverage is also full of antioxidants that could help lower your risk of having a stroke, heart failure, colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease to name a few. Some of these studies have been shown to especially help women with these problems.

Now that all sounds great, but remember that your coffee is only as healthy as what you put into it. So having a just little coffee with your cream and sugar will probably not be the pathway towards a healthier you. That’s not to say you can’t use these as your flavoring, you just need to be mindful of your portion sizes.

Most studies show that around 1-2 cups a day is ideal for these added health benefits, any more may cause a bit of an unhealthy caffeine overload if your body is not used to.

The bottom line is that coffee is an excellent beverage with plenty of health benefits, but just be mindful and practical with your portioning and you should be good to go!

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