Coffee is number one source of antioxidants

Coffee is number one source of antioxidants

When you think of coffee, healthy probably isn't the first word you associate with it. But, apart from the fat-laden, high-sugar double mocha whatevers that designer coffee shops sell, a plain ol' cup of coffee is actually very healthy, says an article published in the journal Nutrition.

Coffee is number one source of antioxidants

How healthy, you may be wondering? For one, a cup of coffee has been shown to contain more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, and oranges. Secondly, the Iowa Women's Health Study revealed that coffee was associated with the reduced risk of death attributed to inflammatory and cardiovascular disease.

When you take into account the massive number of regular coffee drinkers, it makes sense that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet. A 2005 University of Scranton study confirmed this fact, with lead researchers stridently stating that "nothing else comes close."

It is these antioxidant properties, and not the high levels of caffeine, that make coffee so healthy. In fact, there is quite a bit of research suggesting that the antioxidants in coffee may protect the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, which, if compromised, can lead to the onset of diabetes.

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