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Coffee and USA - Is Coffee A Healthy Drink?

Is Coffee A Healthy Drink?

Coffee is deeply ingrained in our culture. For most Americans, it is one of the most popular drinks. Too much can cause anxiety and jitteriness, whereas the right amount can lift our mood. It can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, the type of coffee and how we prepare it can affect our mind and body in different ways. Coffee drinkers can be utilitarian and drink instant coffee, or they can follow elaborate rituals and make their own espresso or Frappuccino. So read on to find out the healthiest way to enjoy this beverage! 

Is coffee a healthy drink?

In the past, coffee was believed to be a possible carcinogen, but the 2015 Dietary Guidelines helped change perceptions. In the study, moderate coffee consumption was included as part of a healthy diet for the first time. Even when researchers took into account lifestyle factors, such as how many heavy coffee drinkers smoked, the data favored the coffee. In comparison with those who did not drink coffee, those who drank it had lower rates of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. 

Experts say that some of the strongest protective effects may be seen for Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and liver conditions such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, and chronic liver disease. According to a meta-analysis of 30 studies, drinking five cups of coffee a day instead of none is associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of Type 2 diabetes. A potential benefit from coffee might be owing to its polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. 

So that is a resounding yes, coffee does come with a lot of health benefits for most adults without health issues. But keep in mind drinking it in moderation. For most people, coffee is generally healthy with 3-5 cups per day. Coffee has been proven to be more beneficial rather than harmful. Research consistently shows that coffee contributes to a lower risk of mortality. 

Coffee isn’t for everyone, however. A legitimate concern is its over consumption. Because caffeine is not proven to be safe for pregnant women. Coffee’s health impact is a subject of ongoing research, but most of the studies are observational. 

How coffee is prepared matters

Coffee can be prepared in countless ways. There is the dark roast, light roast and even medium roast. It can be ground fine or coarse. Coffee has different varieties as well from robusta to arabica. Each of these aspects affects the taste, but also the compounds within the coffee. 

When you roast it, you reduce the amount of chlorogenic acids, but other antioxidants are formed. Espresso having less water than your regular drip coffee has the highest concentration of many compounds. 

Additionally, the way you prepare your cup of coffee may influence your cholesterol level. Properly preparing coffee does greatly alter the compounds in it affecting its health benefits. 

Does it matter where your coffee came from?

Coffee’s origin plays a pivotal role in its character. For example, Kenyan coffees can be very bright and fruity, while Colombian coffee, which our store offers, has an unmistakable mild but rich aroma. Colombian coffee beans which are grown in the mountains of Colombia have higher antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help boost your immune system. Colombian coffee beans are free from pesticides and artificial fertilizer, which are not just healthy for your body but for the environment as well. So make sure that when enjoying your cups of coffee that they come from the mountains of Colombia or at least grown in a safe sustainable manner. 

Should I start drinking more coffee?

As long as you drink it moderately, experts say that you should continue to enjoy your cup of coffee. Individuals who are sensitive to the beverage need to carefully weigh up the risks and benefits.  

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