Coffee often gets a bad rap for keeping us up at night, but actually, coffee has many health benefits, making it — dare we say it — good for you. Yep, that’s right, not only does it keep you up and make you more productive, your daily cup of joe can also boost your fight against diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s. So now you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in your morning latte. In fact, recent research says you might even think about having another. This infographic, by Happy to Serve You, breaks it down, separating the pros and cons of coffee addiction.
A study of more than 25,000 coffee drinkers showed that three to five cups a day might be associated with a decreased risk for heart disease. Four cups of coffee a day was also recently found to moderately reduce one’s risk for melanoma and multiple sclerosis.
But before you run down to your favorite coffee spot for a venti mocha, you should be aware that researchers were looking at plain black coffee — not four shots topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream. One of the main reasons coffee gets a bad rap is because we add too much sugar to it, canceling out all those potential health benefits with calories. And of course, if you have sleep issues you should be careful about how much caffeine you’re consuming.
If you feel jittery or get headaches from your morning cup of joe, it’s probably a result of toxic residue left from pesticides on the coffee beans and not the coffee itself. If you can, buy organic, fair-trade beans that won’t leave you with that icky feeling often associated with coffee. Try drinking a cup of coffee before you hit the gym and you’ll be amazed at how much further you can push yourself. Coffee increases your metabolism and the amount of fat you burn, helping your body burn calories long after your workout is over.
For us, coffee is a necessity. And as long as you avoid the sugary versions, current research says it might even be helping us live longer, healthier lives. Consider us convinced. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go enjoy a tall glass of nitro cold brew.
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