Coffee and What It Means For Your Body

Mmmm, coffee. Coffee means many things to many people. For some, it feels like the only way they can actually wake up and start their days and for others, it’s a boost only reserved for times of major need; some people love sipping their coffee in the solitude of their house, yet others live for the coffee shop experience. No matter what type of coffee drinker you are or where you prefer to sip your coffee, coffee surely makes a difference in your life. Even better than counting on coffee for its happy buzz, you can also drink your cup of coffee knowing you are helping your body too.

As long as you drink within a moderate amount of 3-5 cups of coffee, or up to 400 mg of caffeine, a day, you may be protecting your body against three diseases. The first two are diseases that can affect adults relatively early on as they age: type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Coffee also seems to be protective against a disease that affects adults later in life: Parkinson’s disease. We can thank the coffee gods for moderate coffee consumption being associated with decreased risks of these three diseases!

Is there a health difference between light and dark coffee roasts? For a sure answer, the jury is still out. What has been seen in the beginnings of research is that dark roast coffee, compared to light roast coffee, helps reduce body weight and plays a greater role in the antioxidant defense system. While the evidence is not conclusive, it nonetheless found that dark roast coffee is healthier for reducing body weight and the role of antioxidants so, personally, I’ll be switching to dark roast coffee.

While you can sip your coffee knowing you are helping your body, how you take your coffee makes a difference. Black coffee is, of course, the healthiest way to drink your coffee because there are no added sugars. Nonetheless, it's not necessarily bad news for those that can’t quite take their coffee black as long as you are conscious about how much sugar you are adding and adjust what you eat throughout the day accordingly. For reference, one sugar packet has 4 grams of sugar and it is recommended by the American Heart Association that men consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar and that women consume no more than 24 grams of added sugar daily. 

With all of this information, it makes sense to think about how many coffees you have each day and what you normally add each time to get a full idea of how healthy your coffee habit is. In the meantime, I’ll be drinking my dark roast coffee and weaning myself off of how much sugar I currently take in my coffee.  Mmmm, coffee.

Resources:

https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/10-chapter-5/d5-5.asp

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21809439

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp#.WHwg3rYrJsM

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=whole+milk&qt=&manu=&SYNCHRONIZER_URI=%2Fndb%2Fsearch%2Flist&SYNCHRONIZER_TOKEN=cf8ed99d-2817-4e10-9264-6f3d66f6ec4b&ds=