Perk up your diet with coffee

 Perk up your diet with coffee

If there is one beverage with as equally bad a reputation as good, it is coffee. Coffee is actually quite an amazing elixir. For years, coffee was associated with having high blood pressure and being bad for the heart; however, these misconceptions are being refuted, and some advocates are even calling coffee healthy. For instance, we know that moderate consumption of coffee may decrease the risk of type two diabetes. And as far as boosting your metabolism, check this out. A recent study looked at energy expenditure and fat burning after caffeine or placebo ingestion, using placebo-controlled, double-blind conditions. 

Perk up your diet with coffee

Researcher studied ten older men, ages ranging from 65 to 80, and 10 younger men, ages 19 to 26, who were moderate consumers of caffeine. The metabolic rate or the rate they burned calories increased 11 percent in the younger men and 9.5 percent in the older group. Caffeine can also help dampen appetite; however, moderation is key! Just because a small amount may be good, a lot does not equate to better! Jitters, irritability and other uncomfortable symptoms may possibly occur if you go overboard, so keep it down to a two cup limit.

It seems as though coffee can even reverse some of the damage caused by other unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking. However, I don't recommend trying this out for accuracy!

According to WebMD, "There's also some evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable, stop a headache, boost mood, and even prevent cavities."

Studies also suggest that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's, and there is even a possibility that the more you drink the smaller the risk. Additional research suggests that at least two cups of coffee daily can translate to a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, an 80% drop in liver cirrhosis risk, and nearly half the risk of gallstones.

Hmmm ... pour me another cup-o-joe!

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