Blog: Coffee lovers rejoice; sipping Stewart's coffee may do more than just warm you up this fall. According to research from the American Heart Association, coffee may actually reduce your risk of heart disease.
News of cardiovascular benefits comes as a relief to the 5.8 million Americans living with symptoms of heart disease. The debate regarding caffeine and heart health was settled when a recent study showed increased blood flow and improved cardiovascular function in adults after drinking a cup of fresh, warm coffee. So aside from kick-starting your new fall routine, cardiologist Dr Murray Mittleman states "there are health benefits over the long term."
Health guidelines recommend consuming about 200mg of caffeine, or two 8 oz cups of coffee, per day for optimal benefits. Intake above this level provides no additional health benefits and may cause difficulty sleeping, restlessness, anxiety and/or headaches.
Of course the way you make your coffee is important too! Adding excessive amounts of cream and sugar to your cup can reverse the healthy benefits. For example, flavored lattes from one popular drive-thru restaurant are served with 12 grams of fat and 68 grams of sugar! Instead, I love stopping at Stewart’s each morning where I can design the flavor and nutrition of my drink. For one thing, the flavor of Stewart’s coffee is so delicious that it doesn’t take much to sweeten it up! And, because Stewart’s milk is fortified with non-fat milk solids, even their fat free milk adds a rich and creamy texture.
Here are a few tips for keeping your fall routine heart healthy and full of flavor!
•Try adding fresh and local Stewart’s low fat milk, for a healthier and creamy texture.
•Use just a teaspoon of sugar, and avoid extra flavors that add hidden sources of sugar.
•Stick to just two cups of caffeinated coffee a day; after lunchtime make the switch to decaf coffee.
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
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.