Food for Thought
Don’t Dump Your Joe – Healthy Reasons Not to Kick Your Coffee Craving
by Leanne Ely, CNC
The women in my family all have a single priority upon gaining consciousness in the morning: coffee. Not instant, and not your mother’s coffee from the red can – but gorgeous, freshly ground coffee that newbies have protested as “too strong”. I began grinding my own beans a full 20 years ago or more and passed this tradition down to my own daughter and presented her with her first coffee mill when she got her first apartment. Yes, coffee is that important!
Are you a fellow coffee addict? Do your friends tell you need to give it up, or it isn’t healthy for you? Do you feel like you’ll eventually end up sitting in a circle with a bunch of strangers while you each list off: “Hi, my name is __________, and I’m a caffeine addict.” I have some great news for you! There are actually health perks to drinking coffee, pun intended. Oh yeah, you heard me. Coffee can be good for you!
Researchers have found that coffee drinkers have a smaller risk of: type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, strokes, and even certain cancers. Coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes is because of the rich magnesium and chromium content, which assists insulin helping blood sugar regulation. It aids Parkinson’s because both antioxidants and caffeine have anti-aging qualities and help with brain function. Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants if you can believe it.
Fruits, veggies, and… coffee? Who knew!
Do buy organic coffee as coffee crops are more sprayed with pesticides than any other crop.