Drink coffee, and drink to your health!
Yep, remember that little ditty about beans you used to chant when you were a kid? Well, here’s a new version for you:
Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit,
Coffee’s a Bean that won’t make you toot,
The more you drink the better you’ll feel,
So drink some coffee for every meal!
Seriously, after taking a bad rap for so long because of the caffeine, coffee is back on the health food charts. While it doesn’t have significant amounts of vitamins or minerals, its antioxidant properties are fantastic! In fact, coffee is one of the top antioxidant beverages consumed worldwide.
It seems some of the health benefits of coffee are some of those lovely phytochemicals with have similar antioxidant benefits to those found in many fruits and vegetables.
Studies have shown other health benefits of coffee are to cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis, lessen memory loss, reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease in men, and lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Of course, regular coffee does have about 60 to 130 mg of caffeine per cup that acts as a stimulant. Caffeine can help with alertness, but too much can cause the jitters. So while you may not want to drink coffee for every meal as suggested in my little rhyme, coffee has a green light as a health food drink again.
Enjoy your morning brew!