Coffee: Friend or Frenemy?

Oh coffee- you have such a bad reputation. But, recent studies have found numerous positive benefits of moderate coffee consumption- key word here – MODERATE. Studies have shown that freshly brewed coffee contains nearly 4 times more antioxidants than green tea. Drinking coffee may reduce risks of some cancers, enhance your short-term memory, protect against dementia and Parkinson’s disease and even the onset of Diabetes.  With virtually no calories, no carbohydrates, no fat- nothing really but some antioxidants and a bunch of trace minerals – go for the jolt!

Enjoy a moderate cup of mood-altering wakefulness. But keep these things in mind:

  • Coffee affects everyone differently, so watch out for buzz overload. As a general recommendation, stick to no more than three 8-ounce cups per day.
  • Feeling extra jittery, anxious, or having a hard time getting to sleep at night? Might be time to cut down on the joe.
  • Reality check – those fancy shmancy flavored coffee drinks are yummy for a reason – they’re usually loaded in sugar, high calorie dairy and fat! Keep your order simple for the sake of your waistline and your wallet.

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