Is coffee really as bad as people are making out?
The Answer may just surprise you. I know it definitely made my morning!
If your like me and a lot of Australians we seem to think we can't function without our morning ritual coffee. Not only do we embrace the black bean more than most other countries we seem to have made it into a ritualistic experience. Whether its something you look forward to catching up with friends or family over, needing the extra hit of energy before a workout or simply something to indulge over. Coffee has entered our aussie culture and is here to stay.
There was a time when coffee was put in the same classification as junk food and cigarettes. The science was unclear about whether it was detrimental and many people either avoided it completely, or consumed it with feelings of guilt because they perceived it as a vice or indulgence. However, times are looking up! The latest research shows that coffee is not bad for you, in fact it may even have some health benefits when properly consumed.
Coffee is not inherently unhealthy, but the way you consume it can be. Just remember vanilla lattes and Frappuccino's are NOT full of antioxidants. They ARE full of empty calories, sugar and bad fats our bodies do not need for fuel.
Coffee the right way can protect against Parkinson's disease, Type 2 Diabetes and liver disease. Its full of antioxidants, improves brain function, productivity and above all a good smooth coffee just makes for a better day.
3 HEALTHY COFFEE RULES
- One is your lucky number. I know a lot of people maybe shaking their heads but yep one coffee is enough per day. Anything more than that could negatively affect your energy and sleep. Don't over do it and relying on coffee to stay awake only drains your adrenal glands and may affect your hormones.
- Never add sugar. If you need a little something try a sprinkle of cinnamon, which also helps with sugar cravings or my favourite try adding a bit of almond milk. The Pure Press is a winner and you may find a perfected coffee at the Greenhouse.
- Try and always go organic. I find that this is not an easy one to follow depending on where you are but coffee is the most heavily pesticide- sprayed crop in the world. You don't want those toxins to enter your 'temple' aka body
At the end of the day everything in moderation. For most people drinking a small amount of high quality coffee isn't going to hurt you. It may even help.
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