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health benefits of coffee

Health Benefits of Coffee

Aside from plain water, coffee is the most enjoyed drink around the world. It is good for your health, and it is used as an excuse to get together with a friend or partner.

Coffee Basics
The beans develop on flowering trees found in more than 50 countries around the world. They’re roasted and ground, then boiled, dripped, soaked or steamed to make coffee, depending on where you live and how you like it.

Coffee and Free Radicals
Free Radicals are chemicals that damage your cells and lead to illness and diseases. Your body makes them when it turns some foods into energy and when sunlight hits your skin. You can also get them from things you drink and eat like sugar and fried foods. Coffee contains antioxidants which are chemicals that aid your body fight free radicals. Antioxidants in coffee can protect you from many diseases such as:
Type 2 Diabetes
Stroke
Cancer
Gallstones
Liver Disease
Heart Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease

Coffee and weight loss
Coffee is a low-calorie beverage so it can help you lose weight if you drink it instead of sugary beverages. Coffee can give you a pleasing pick-me-up with almost zero calories. Of course, that doesn’t work if you add a bunch of cream and sugar, so stick with the basic brew.
Check this article to know what the different types of coffee are.

Don’t Overdo It
In general, caffeine seems to be safe for most people, at least up to the amount you’d get from 4 cups of brewed coffee a day. But that much may make you anxious, disturb your sleep, or get your pulse racing.
Despite the health benefits of coffee, too much caffeine (more than 4 cups) can make you irritable or anxious and make it hard to sleep. It also can make you less able to stock calcium, which can lead to bone fractures.
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Coffee alternative: Decaf
If you aim to cut back on coffee, this option gives you the taste with less caffeine. Sellers should remove 97% of the caffeine from a bean to call it decaffeinated. After that, it’ll have only 3 milligrams to 12 milligrams per cup, compared with 100 milligrams in a regular cup.

Christelle Bedrossian
Dietitian-Nutritionist

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Dietitian Christelle Bedrossian