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I posted a link from Clean Eating Magazine this week on to Real Foodie Family’s facebook page about how I was celebrating the fact that coffee is good for me! A couple of readers had some great questions, so I thought I’d cover my take on coffee here on the blog.
First, off I am one of those people that just love coffee. As Lorelai says,
“I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words putting into the sentence doing.”
While that may be a bit of hyperbole, I do love my coffee. I’ve loved the taste since I was little and stealing sips from my parent’s mugs. Now, I am not a sugary latte girl (except I do swoon over the PSL when fall hits) but I do take my coffee with half and half and a little unrefined sweetener such as Agave, Honey, and Coconut Sugar. I probably use blonde coconut sugar the most, because it tastes similar to sugar in the raw.
I use cream because it cuts the acidity and that’s how I love it! Y’all know I believe in also just enjoying my food as well. 🙂 Plus, I don’t believe low-fat diets are best for me. I have excellent cholesterol and really feel like having good fats in moderation is a lot easier on your body then cutting them out. It also really helps my metabolism. However, no two of us is alike, so it’s best to consult your doctor!
I drink Puroast Low Acid Organic Coffee because it has more antioxidants than most coffee and is much gentler on my stomach and causes less acid reflux.
Finally, with my coffee, I have to remind myself of moderation! I’ve learned that I really enjoy my first cup and after that the enjoyment diminishes and I don’t need that much caffeine. Of course on days when my kids don’t sleep, I’ll make a small second cup in the afternoon. I do try not to drink coffee after four because sleep is so important.
Okay, let’s get to it. A lot of people especially on social media talk about the need to give up coffee. However, I am not following in this trend.
Why I am not giving up my coffee
The article I cited at the beginning of this blog post is my source.
- It lowers the risk of a variety of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Gout and certain types of Cancers.
- It boosts the metabolic rate by 3 to 11% (see I told you I love coffee!).
- Increases energy (aka makes me a better mama 😉 ).
- One study from Circulation states that those who have anywhere from one to five cups a day have a dramatic drop in their risk for diabetes, heart disease, and neurological disorders.
- The University of Scranton says, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close.”