(As if we need a reason…)
The calendar still says January (and we’re still getting used to writing “2016”), so we’re going to call it and say New Year’s isn’t over yet. This means we’re still in the universally honored season of making resolutions, reviewing life choices, and taking stock. It can be an eye-opener…
Fortunately for all of us here, our coffee madness is something we don’t need to feel the least bit guilty about. And we’ve got the science to prove it!
In fact, a new wave of studies continues to support the news that coffee is good for you.
Coffee has been shown to help:
• Improve mood and short-term memory
• Improve overall brain function and reaction times
• Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
• Prevent certain cancers
• Protect the liver
• Lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
• Lower the risk of gout and heart disease in some people
Additionally, coffee is the #1 source of antioxidants in the average American diet. (This surprised us! Drink your coffee!) This means coffee is also our #1 source of something that helps protect our DNA from the normal damage it undergoes as we age.
According to an NBC news report last year, government advisers say our dietary proposals should mention the benefits of coffee. We agree. Caffeine is proving to be much more helpful or benign than harmful and, unlike energy drinks (which are often full of sugar and other ingredients that don’t make the list of recommended things to consume), coffee naturally contains phytochemicals which are “increasingly shown to benefit health.”
Are there any downsides to coffee or caffeine? Yes… as with anything you consume, don’t over do it. Research shows that drinking moderate amounts of caffeinated coffee while pregnant is safe but too much might lead to some serious risks, and consuming it late in the day can interrupt a good night’s sleep for anyone. And while it’s hard to reach dangerous levels with coffee unless you are unusually sensitive or have a health condition, too much caffeine can cause your system to be over-stimulated, which leads to a range of issues. Otherwise, “There doesn't seem to be anything with coffee that causes concern," [according to the spokesperson for a 2015 government advisory panel]. "For decades we have been looking for something that is bad about it, but we haven't really found that."
If you are (smartly) suspicious of a product’s health benefits being listed on a blog written by people who make the product, we encourage you to do your own research. We think you’ll find more reasons than ever to hug your brew.
Honestly, though? As good as they are, the health benefits are overshadowed by the real reason we love our coffee.
There’s just nothing better that you can pour into a cup.