My fiancee loves coffee, I am starting to develop a like for it. That keeps us inline with most American households, being that more than half of American adults drink coffee daily.
Coffee is an acquired taste and until recently I never really understood that phrase. People say it with beer and alcohols all the time as well. To me, why would you want to keep eating or drinking something you do not like to acquire a taste for it. Seems nuts, so I acquired some more information on coffee.
I stayed away from the lifestyle blogs and the fitness sites and went straight to the facts and searched around the Harvard University website. Here is what I found about the benefits of adding coffee to your daily routine:
Moderate Consumption May Be A Good Thing
The research behind all of the following claims is observational. What does that mean? It means that researchers draw their conclusions based on the differences in rates of disease of those who reportedly drank coffee regularly and of those who did not.
What Can It Help?
- Long Term Coffee Consumption linked to reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes ( 2004 )
- Lowers rates of Liver Cancer progression ( 2009 )
- Caffeinated coffee may prevent gallstones. ( 1999 )
- Long term coffee drinking may modestly reduce risk of stroke ( 2009 )
- Caffeinated beverages may lessen risk of Parkinson’s Disease ( 2008 )
Coffee and Diabetes
In 2004 Harvard School of Public Health did a study on that found long term coffee consumption is linked to reduced risk for type two diabetes.
It was a massive study! More than 125,000 participants who were free of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease were involved. The group consisted of almost 42,000 men tracked from 1986-1998 and almost 85,000 women through 1980-1998. Throughout those years the study gave food frequency questionnaires every two to four years, keeping track of regular and decaffeinated coffee consumption.
Research concluded that men who drank more than six cups of caffeinated coffee per day reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by more than 50% compared to the men in the study who did not drink coffee at all. For women, six cups a day average lowered their risk by 30%. The study also showed that decaffeinated coffee had benefits, but not as strong.
One thing that I could not find in the study was if the people added cream and sugar and things like we do today. Coffee has evolved quite a bit since 1980! Also another take away of mine….
If the number of cups that they found to be a significant drop in diabetes was six cups a day, perhaps it was because they were getting at least 6 cups of water in their system per day. Another reason pointed out by the study that the scientists attribute it to ( trust them most likely, not my water theory)are the chemicals in coffee.
We all know coffee for its abundance of caffeine, which is known to raise blood sugar and increase our short term energy. What we do not all know a lot about are the long term effects of the other ingredients, like all of its antioxidant properties. Coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid ( what gives it its flavor) and magnesium which both also help to improve your bodies ability to handle insulin.
So I guess if you drink a ton of water, a bit of caffeine, some magnesium, and chlorogenic acid, you might have a better chance of staying diabetes free!
Latte For Your Liver?
Coffee isn’t the cure all for your liver. You still have to watch your weight, alcohol consumption, and get regular exercise to keep your organs healthy, but coffee may help.
Coffee has two chemicals; kahweol and cafestol which are thought to fight cancer cells. Some doctors even recommend unsweetened coffee to patients in combination with treatments for common liver cancers. Also the acids in coffee have been found to help both men and women fight the virus that causes Hepatitis B.
If you like coffee drink it. It probably isn’t the greatest thing to give to kids as it certainly can be addictive. But if you are an adult, research seems to be strong to say it isn’t that bad for you, and may be good for you.
Be on the look out for more #coffee articles coming soon!
Tell me how you like your coffee and how much you normally drink in the comments!
I would love to see some home brew recipes that people would not normally think of but must try.
Thanks as always for your time, I hope this article brought some value to your day!