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Coffee: The Good, The Bad, & The Delicious

April 30, 2013

Some of us cannot get out of bed in the morning without the tantalizing promise of warm, bitter liquid cascading down our throats and disseminating caffeine to our muscles. And that’s okay. Having a cup or two of coffee each day actually provides some health benefits. Having more than two cups of coffee, on the other hand, is most likely deleterious to your health.

Need a cup of coffee in the morning? That's okay.

Need a cup of coffee in the morning? That’s okay.

The Good:

  • Coffee contains antioxidants, which help keep your immune system strong.
antioxidants are also present in fruits & vegetables

antioxidants are also present in fruits & vegetables

  • Coffee might help protect you from Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
we also recommend healthy eating and regular exercise

we also recommend healthy eating and regular exercise

  • Coffee seems to be beneficial for your brain; people who drink coffee are less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s.
coffee benefits the brain

coffee benefits the brain

  • Drinking coffee lowers your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.
though it's still important to wear sunscreen

though it’s still important to wear sunscreen

The Bad:

  • Drinking unfiltered coffee might raise your cholesterol! So avoid the french press, and brew your coffee with a filter instead

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  • You need to be careful about additives.

This does not mean you need to drink your coffee black. It is important to note, however, that your body does not recognize the extra calories your drink as easily as the extra calories you eat.

One additive to always avoid, however, is non-dairy creamer. Non-dairy creamers are primarily composed of corn syrup, so opt for milk instead.

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  • Remain healthy by using moderation with what you eat and drink; this rule extends to coffee. There is a common genetic mutation that slows down the speed with which your body metabolizes caffeine. If you possess this genetic mutation, drinking more than 2 cups of coffee per day could raise your risk of developing heart disease. So try to limit consumption to 2 cups of coffee per day.
I know you're busy, but massive consumptions of caffeine are not the healthy way to get through the day.

I know you’re busy, but massive consumptions of caffeine are not the healthy way to get through the day.

The Conclusions:

Coffee is delicious, and in small amounts, provides some benefits. Try to limit your consumption to a maximum of 2 cups each day.

If you have been using caffeine to help keep your energy up, try substituting exercise and sunshine, instead. Exercising more will increase your energy and your endorphins. Make sure to put on sunscreen, first, but enjoy the sunshine, which will help improve your mood. By reducing, rather than eliminating, your coffee consumption, and adding the exercise and sun, you will probably discover that you feel healthier, and might suffer little from the decreased coffee intake.

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