I thought I talked about coffee before but I guess not! Well, I love coffee, and while I never intended to give it up, I was very pleased to hear all the wonderful things that are likely true about coffee.
Coffee has been blamed for stunted growth, cardiovascular disease, dehydration and several types of cancer. But all of that has been largely debunked.
Turns out, a reversal in the findings from an avalanche of studies, could be because high risk behaviors, such as smoking and physical inactivity, tend to be more common among heavy coffee drinkers.
I love coffee!!!
So here goes-- TEN benefits of drinking coffee:
1. Protects against Parkinson’s disease
2. Protects against type 2 diabetes
3. Protects against gout and liver disease including cancer
4. Protects against uterine cancer
5. Improves cognitive function (think better)
6. Decreases cardiovascular mortality including heart attack, stroke and heart failure
7. Improves performance at sports
8. Provides antioxidants—coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the US diet.
9. Decreases the risk of depression
10. Decreases overall mortality—live longer!
Some people feel an increased heart rate, a “speedy” or jittery feeling from coffee, which could be due to a genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. For these poor folks they should limit or avoid coffee. And if you don’t like coffee, of course, don’t drink it.
Now back to the question, is coffee a diuretic, can it cause dehydration? Studies show that drinking caffeine-containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle doesn’t cause fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested. It may have a mild diuretic effect and make you urinate more, but there is no increased risk of dehydration.
In 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) took coffee off the list of possible carcinogens. The US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture thoroughly reviewed and declared “moderate coffee consumption (three to five cups per day) can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.”
It is unusual that a food on the “cancer list” comes off it and is now considered a healthy choice. In fact, this is the first time a foodstuff or beverage has ever been positively reclassified by top scientists from all over the world.
There you have it! Coffee is the elixir of life—a super food!! Hmmmm—let’s have a cup!