BLOG: Coffee lovers can once again rejoice. This time with the knowledge that their morning pick-me-up, is actually beneficial to their overall health.
That’s right! For years it seems that researchers have been debating the way coffee affects the human body. Yet much of the speculation opposing coffee has never been proven. So scientists at Harvard University have finally weighed in with concrete research that coffee is powerful health food.
They have shown that coffee is associated with a decreased risk for many chronic diseases, including certain types of cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. In fact, researchers found that increasing coffee consumption by just one cup a day, reduced risk for Type 2 Diabetes by 11 percent in just four years! And Harvard scientists weren’t the only ones to discover this connection; one study that has been following patients for over 40 years shows very similar long-term effects of coffee.
But what is it about coffee that makes each cup so beneficial? For years scientists speculated that caffeine was behind many of these health effects. Yet, research now demonstrates that the some benefits are seen in decaf coffee as well. And that other caffeinated beverages don’t seem to have these same effects.
The likely explanation is the high concentration of antioxidants, such chlorgenic acid, that are found in coffee. Chlorgenic acid has strong anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce the cardiovascular inflammation that is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. This also eliminates internal stress that can raise blood sugar and wreak havoc for those concerned with diabetes.
So what does this all mean for those who love their Stewart’s Coffee? Drink up! It doesn’t matter whether it’s caffeinated or decaf, every cup of coffee can go a long way to promoting your health. And what I really love about Stewart’s…is that I get to make my own. Which means I can avoid drive-thru traps like whipped cream and design the health of my own cup!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.