Coffee…good or bad for you? (I really hope the answer is “good”)
One of my life long loves is that first cup of coffee in the morning. It’s something I look forward to, and it’s got to be caffeinated, dark and strong or it just isn’t worth it.
In my quest for healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle, I’ve eliminated many things I used to enjoy and have made the switch to healthier or organic versions of others. Coffee is probably the one thing I have been intransigent about. It’s non-negotiable.
Rob has been after me, sending endless emails and articles about the bad aspect of coffee; I counter with just as many good ones. Let’s see…some of the bad would be studies which show coffee has been associated with, among other issues, an increased risk of elevated cholesterol, heart disease and osteoporosis. Coffee’s main ingredient, caffeine, is a mild stimulant, and for some people can be addictive. Coffee can increase heart rate, blood pressure and has been shown to cause occasion irregular heartbeat. As with so many things, the negative effects of coffee are more likely to become an issue with excessive intake, so avoiding multiple cups of coffee per day just makes good sense.
Some of the touted benefits of the occasional cup of coffee are reduced risk of gallstones and kidney stones, reduction in the risk of developing colon cancer, reduction in the risk of liver cirrhosis for heavy drinkers and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Additional benefits are improved endurance when performing long-duration physical activities and reduction in the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
One benefit of moderate coffee drinking on which I am counting, as I sip my morning cup o’ joe and write this blog post, is improved cognitive function.
Even Harvard Women’s Health Watch has said coffee is safe for the moderate coffee drinker!
Ok, so everything points to coffee, in moderating is probably ok, but what about the cream and sugar a lot of us put in it? Sugar is a no-no! It’s cancer food…cancer cells love sugar! Connect the dots on that one with the pounds of sugar the average American consumes on a yearly basis and the ever increasing cancer epidemic…
Learn to drink your coffee so it tastes like coffee. If you must have something to sweeten it, Stevia is probably the best solution, but be careful, the mainstream marketers have jumped on the Stevia bandwagon, and so much of what you see on the grocery shelves is not pure Stevia. Read your labels!
Next, and most painful for me is the cream or half and half… I love that rich creamy taste. I’ve moved from regular half and half to organic half and half and now to coconut milk. While every morning I miss my rich organic half and half in my coffee, I’m committed to getting used to life without it. Dairy is not good for you, and that’s another subject for another blog for another day, and another cup of strong black coffee!!
Make Your Life a Thin Strong Healthy One!