Well, fortunately for me I just found an article by Harvard Health publications recently noting research that coffee may actually have health benefits…
“Studies show that the risk for type 2 diabetes is lower among regular coffee drinkers than among those who don’t drink it. Also, coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, discourage the development of colon cancer, improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of liver damage in people at high risk for liver disease, and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Coffee has also been shown to improve endurance performance in long-duration physical activities. For those who drink coffee to stay alert, new research suggests that you’ll stay more alert, particularly if you are fighting sleep deprivation, if you spread your coffee consumption over the course of the day.”
Okay, but before we all begin jumping for joy I think we need to remind ourselves that it isn’t just the brewed java we have to be concerned about. There’s the creams, the syrups, the milks and other sweeteners that really add calories to our morning cup of coffee and make them unhealthy when consumed regularly.
So what’s a caffeine fanatic to do?? Wean yourself off the extra sugar to start. The stronger you can take your coffee the better off you are. Liquid stevia is a great option if you have it or you can use the crystals in the raw as well. If you need a “creamer” like I do, choose something natural and organic with a small amount of added sugar and again, work your way to drinking the darker brew. Coffee in moderation can be part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle but we do have to be mindful when making or ordering our favorite cup.
P.S. Please feel free to give a shout out to your favorite Barista in the comments section of this blog. They SO deserve it!!