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Coffee hype

Have you had your coffee fix today? 

If so, you are not unlike about 60 percent of adults in the U.S. Millennials (people between ages 14-35) consume 44 percent of coffee sold in the United States. Current neighborhood “gathering spots” are coffee shops where patrons can get their caffeine jolt in a healthy alternative to soft drinks. Espresso, gourmet, frozen blended, cold brew and bottled coffees have all surged in popularity.

Just as coffee has become the number one source of antioxidants (or disease-fighting substances) in the American diet, research also shows many promising health benefits of coffee consumption. 

Coffee is certainly not a “cure all” or “prevent all” beverage, but studies to date show the following perks:

  1. An increase of 1-2 cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  2. Increased caffeine and coffee intake may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  3. Three or more cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of liver cancer by more than 50 percent.
  4. There may be as much as a 66 percent reduction in death from liver cirrhosis with consumption of at least two cups of coffee per day.
  5. Two cups of coffee per day may protect against heart failure.
  6. Drinking coffee daily may help to prevent multiple sclerosis and colorectal cancer.

As you head down to your local java house for a mocha latte grande or grab your favorite flavored creamer and sugar for a home brew, remember, too much of a good thing is … too much. 

Creamers, sugar and syrups equal calories. These additions may pour on 300 to 500 calories per beverage! For a waistline friendly beverage, consider flavored coffee or, better yet, add cinnamon to your regular coffee. A bit of skim milk or unsweetened vanilla almond or cashew milk can add flavor and creaminess with only a few calories.

Does the thought of drinking more coffee make you jittery? Opt for decaffeinated. You can glean the health benefits without the nervousness and insomnia that may follow caffeine intake.