Coffee and Your Health
Coffee consumed in moderation can provide a variety of health benefits.
This is likely due to coffee's significant antioxidant content. Coffee
provides the highest level of antioxidants in the American Diet.
Studies have shown coffee to be linked to the prevention of certain diseases such as:
- Liver and colon cancer
- Heart disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Type 2 diabetes
In addition, coffee can provide a variety of health benefits including:
- Improved cognitive function
- Decreased risk of depression
- Increased athletic endurance
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health shows that coffee
consumption is shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which are beneficial
to health and disease prevention.
An article in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics states that small
amounts of certain nutrients in coffee can help your body effectively
use the hormone insulin. Maintaining healthy insulin levels in the body
is helpful in preventing weight gain and fluid retention.
It's important to note that moderate coffee consumption for a healthy
adult is considered to be 2-3 cups, or about 300mg, per day.
Be advised that women who are pregnant and individuals with a history of
cardiovascular probelms should consult their doctor about their safe level
of caffeine consumption.
Keep in mind that many specialty coffee drinks include added sugar and
calories, so be mindful of this if you're watching your weight and
for overall management of your health.
Jennifer Van Norman, RDN, LDN
Clinical Nutrition Manager