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Good News For Coffee Drinkers

In Features on October 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Teenagers and Adults in today’s world lead busy lives with little time for sleep. Caffeine consumption has become a daily necessity; coffee being the most popular form of a caffeinated drink with tea coming in second. Rumor has it that coffee is bad for you, but new scientific studies regarding the drink have recently come out and it looks like coffee may be better for us than we think.

Coffee contains certain minerals, such as magnesium and chromium, that help the body to use insulin. Insulin controls the body’s blood sugar, and those suffering with type 2 diabetes do not have the ability to use insulin and regulate the body’s blood sugar effectively. Because of these minerals present in coffee, coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing and suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Although it is not proven to prevent illnesses, coffee may also be able to protect against Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as liver cancer and colon cancer. The drink can also reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis, strokes, heart rhythm problems, and the develo0pment of gallstones.

But what causes such positive effects? It may be the high antioxidant content present in coffee. And it’s not just caffeinated coffee that has these benefits; decaffeinated coffee has the same antiooxidant and mineral composition as caffeinated coffee minus the amount of caffeine. A cup of decaf may even be better for you than a cup of regular coffee becasue of the caffeiene content. caffeine raises your blood pressure as well as your body’s levels of adrenaline. Heavy caffeine use has also been linked to problems such as restlessness, anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness.

Many coffee drinkers drink coffee for it’s ability to give your body energy, though, so not all of us can benefit from driniking decaf. Despite its negative effects, drinking a highly caffeinated beverage can improve your ability to stay awake and alert as well as carry out strenuous physical activites for a long period of time. The key to consuming this beverage is moderation. By consuming two to three cups throughout the course of the day will help you fight fatigue without the onset of the negative effects of excessive caffeine consumption.

Coffee is also rather low in calories as well; only about 2 calories per cup if drank black. If you add a creamer, the calorie count can go up 25 to 50 calories per tablespoon that is added. A teaspoon of sugar is just around 20 calories, so a typical cup of coffee with both cream and sugar is just under 100 calories. The caffeiene in coffee also speeds up the body’s metabolism, which means you’ll burn more calories throughout your day with each cup consumed.

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