It’s been quite a while my lovely readers, I am proud to say that my hiatus was due to relocation. I am now a proud resident of the state of Virginia! Adieu, New York, we had a time and now it has passed.
As requested, I am focusing this post on the magic inside of those little coffee beans! Coffee is a major aspect of my diet as it’s gotten me through many, many years with a sane mind. Thankfully, I don’t particularly like my coffee sweet, so the less sugar and cream, the better it is. Here, I am going to lay out some interesting fun facts about coffee, and why you should be drinking it (or green tea, that is also a great addition to your diet!)
While there is a lot of mixed media when it comes to coffee (caffeine will make you live longer; caffeine will kill you; coffee is great for the heart; coffee is horrible for the joints; etc.), I personally feel that if my time comes to an end from my 2 cups of coffee a day, let it be (LOL). So, let’s discuss the reasons why you should never feel guilty over that morning cup of Joe.
1 Cup of Brewed Coffee Contains 1.8g of Fiber
The daily recommendation of fiber for the average human being is about 20-38g. Why not start your day with a little bit of fiber boost in the morning to get you rolling? If you’re looking for those extra fiber boosts to add to your mildly fibrous coffee, try some of these:
– Cardamom: Giving coffee an exotic flavor (something close to ginger), Cardamom also contains additional health benefits, such as Cancer fighting elements and is also loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
– Cinnamon: Cinnamon does not have to be limited to the winter time to get that fuzzy feeling inside! Loaded with antioxidants, Cinnamon is a great addition to your coffee for the flavor and ability to naturally reduce inflammation.
– Cocoa Powder: The easiest way to create that at-home mocha latte, Cocoa Powder is packed with flavor, while also containing flavanols, which help to reduce blood pressure and aid in fighting off cardiovascular diseases – woohoo!
– Vanilla Extract: Another great way to boost the flavor of your morning coffee, vanilla extract is a “spice” which is also considered a super food! Not only is it yummy, but also acts as a natural mood booster, stress reliever, and helps with cognitive function (sign me up!)
Coffee Decreases Your Risk of Developing Type II Diabetes
Due to minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants abundantly present in coffee, there are a multitude of health benefits hiding in this popular morning beverage. While there are many ongoing studies about the health benefits to consuming coffee and other caffeinated beverages, researchers have not figured out the main disease fighting ingredient! With a formula rich in antioxidants, magnesium, chlorogenic acid (a compound that aids in giving coffee its flavor), this combo of ingredients has been shown to improve the body’s sensitivity to Insulin, and therefore decreasing the risk of developing Type II Diabetes. This is not a cure by any means, and like all research, there are still drawbacks to consuming too much coffee – drink safely and enjoy!
Drinking Coffee Reduces Your Risk of Developing Depression
With all of the healthy ingredients packed into those little coffee beans, drinking coffee can act as a natural mood booster (add some vanilla extract in there and you’ll be singing and dancing in no time!). Coffee has been shown to have a minor effect on the central nervous system, and therefore having an impact on your mood. Next time you’re feeling down in the dumps, treat yourself to a cup of coffee. 🙂 Studies have shown that those who drink coffee have a lower risk of developing depression, and therefore a lower rate of suicide. I do not have the exact numbers, so take my statistics with a grain of salt, this is something I learned many moons ago.
Black Coffee Encourages Dental Health
For some reason, when you think about drinking coffee in its natural state, you would imagine the bitter flavor rotting off your tooth enamel…or is that just me? It isn’t the case! Coffee, when drank in its natural state, kills harmful bacteria on the teeth that cause tooth decay and other ailments within the mouth. Adding milk and sugar will negate this health benefit, unless done at the bare minimum. Fun fact: Coffee consumed post workout can actually help avoid the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that many active people face!
And last but not least…
Drinking Coffee can Reduce the Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis…or having Recurring Flares
While there is research actively going on with this subject, I am personally skeptical. Suffering from MS myself and being a very active coffee drinker, I have no idea if it’s doing anything for me! True, I have been fortunate enough not to experience a remission period, but whether this is related to medication, lifestyle, or over caffeinating, I couldn’t tell ya. Coffee is a natural anti-inflammatory beverage, and therefore has been shown to protect against developing other types of Neurological diseases, so truly we never really know! Just another reason to stop for that extra cup in the afternoon.
(I’m only a little addicted to my coffee…)
Are you avid coffee drinkers? Do you feel that you experience a lift in mood or health from consuming it? Let me know in the comments!