Coffee drinkers everywhere may have a reason to celebrate – new research suggests that moderate coffee drinking may actually be beneficial to your health!
The relationship between coffee and health has been a topic of conversation for quite some time now. While it was once thought to be a harmful substance, new studies are showing that the health benefits of coffee may outweigh some of the associated risks. The biggest news: both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have been shown to lower the risk of death. Drinking coffee has also been associated with lower rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as increased motor skills. Caffeinated coffee also lowers the risk for diabetes, and increases the metabolism, which can lead to weight loss.
That’s not to say that there are no risks involved with coffee consumption. Women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant should definitely talk to a doctor about coffee (and all caffeine) consumption. Also, as with any substance, going overboard has its risks. Too much caffeine can lead to elevated heart rates and muscle twitches. Coffee is also a diuretic, which could potentially lead to dehydration, and caffeine is also considered to be an addictive substance, meaning that prolonged use can lead to dependency. Furthermore, many coffee drinks are often a major source of calories and added sugars. In order to experience the most coffee has to offer you and your health, avoid sugary, creamy blended beverages and lattes and stick to plain brewed coffee with a drop of milk, and consider using a sweetener like stevia or agave!
Check out this video from PopSugar Fitness for more info about coffee and your health:
Are you a coffee drinker? Do you think coffee can be beneficial to your health?