Perk Up! Coffee Packs Tons of Health Benefits!


Source: womenshealthmag.com

the making of a coffee

Coffee provides more than a morning jolt–it’s also surprisingly good way to stay slim and healthy (and great in recipes too!)

Green tea may get all the glory, but the top source of age-avenging antioxidants in the American diet is a different hot beverage: coffee. The beans behind your brew—actually the seeds of the coffee tree’s fruit—contain the same kind of nutritionally supercharged compounds found in tea and other plant-based foods such as wine and chocolate.

Health Benefits in Every Cup
Studies show that coffee can help ward off mental decline, certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, and even extra pounds (yes, really!). A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that each time you refill your cup of java (caffeinated or decaf) in a day, you slash your diabetes risk by 7 percent; in another study, drinking two to three cups of coffee each day was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of heart disease.

Want to reap all these benefits without the jitters or coffee breath? Give your next meal a shot of espresso. “Coffee can give both sweet and savory dishes a rich, earthy element,” says chef David Guas, owner of Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Virginia. “It works particularly well in recipes that star chocolate, cherries, blueberries, lemon, and stronger-tasting nuts such as pecans and walnuts.”

To let a bold coffee flavor come through in a finished recipe, Guas says it’s best to brew a dark roast with half as much water as you would normally use (let the coffee cool to room temperature if you’re adding it to a batter). Or use coffee grinds as a rub for poultry, pork, or steak.

In terms of drinking the brew, it’s best to do it in moderation, despite the body benefits. “Coffee is a natural stimulant, and high intake can bring on headaches, increased heart rate, or insomnia,” says Nyree Dardarian, R.D., an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia. She recommends capping your daily fix at four six-ounce cups and finishing the last one at least four hours before turning in for the night.

Advertisements

4 Responses to Perk Up! Coffee Packs Tons of Health Benefits!

  1. Pingback: $10 for $20 Worth of Online Coffee, Tea, and More from Coffee Wholesale USA - Daily Couponds

  2. Pingback: $10 for $20 Worth of Online Coffee, Tea, and More from Coffee Wholesale USA - Koream Deals

  3. Pingback: $45 for 3 Pounds of Premium Coffee and Stainless-Steel Scoop from Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company ($102 Value) - Koream Deals

  4. Pingback: $5 for $10 Worth of Coffee, Tea, Treats, and Paninis at Coffee Waves - Daily Couponds

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: