Why You Can Feel Good About Coffee

I love to wake up slow. There’s nothing like the beginning of a new days anticipation with a hot cup of coffee and the sun lifting the morning dew. But, I often wonder why I drink my coffee with such reserve. Maybe because it’s so good. Something this good must be bad for you, right? Well…not really.coffee

Now, of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation. But, did you know coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet. That’s right coffee is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are important because they clean up free radicals in the body. Free radicals are atoms that cause stress in the tissues of the body, and are associated with increased risks of cancer and other diseases.

According to the findings by Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily.

Coffee actually has more antioxidants than grains, tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables! This is good news. However, that does not mean coffee is a substitute for fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber. So as long as you don’t replace your entire breakfast with coffee, just know, something that tastes so good, is actually good for you.


2 Responses

  1. Hi,
    Yes, coffee has antioxidants which is good for our bodies.
    Too much coffee may actually increase the risk of heart disease for some people. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2005, researchers from the University of Athens found that coffee drinkers had more stiffness of the major blood vessel in the body than non-coffee drinkers. They suggested for people with high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease to drink less than 3 cups of coffee per day and instead have more intake of colored fruits and vegetables whichare not only rich in antioxidants , but contain higher content of vitamins, minerals, and fibers as well. Berry-Berry, red grapes, tomatoes, avocados, brocolli, cauliflower, cabbage are good sources.


  2. Thanks for that comment Kenwahful. Yes. Too much coffee = bad. And I think if anyone drinks 3 cups of coffee per day they are asking for trouble. I don’t even drink 1 cup per day. I try to limit myself to a cup every other day. I prefer fresh ground organic beans. This is only a theory, but I believe in order to get the most antioxidants from coffee you should drink it within the first 20 minutes of being brew.

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