We are always hearing that things are bad for us. Rarely do we hear that something considered a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) is being removed from the list. Over the past couple of years coffee drinkers have more reasons to rejoice over their morning, mid-day, and evening beverage.
Coffee has been one of the most studied dietary items over last couple of decades. The original studies listed coffee as increasing the chance of heart disease, digestive tract issues leading to heartburn, stomach ulcers and more. Coffee caught a bad reputation but it did not sway people from drinking it. During this time over 60% of Americans were still drinking at least 1 cup a day.
What Changed Over the Years?
It wasn’t the coffee but the way the studies were performed. The researchers started including factors like if the person was a heavy smoker or light smoker, the amount of alcohol the person would consume over the course of a week or day. Previously the researchers were not able to determine if the negative effects on the heart were from coffee or the bad habits. Since the new studies and practices have been performed there has been no significant link of, irregular heartbeats, stroke, heart attack, cholesterol or other heart related issues associated with the caffeine found in coffee.
Its time to start drinking more coffee and enjoying the antioxidants. The antioxidants found in coffee may improve moods, stop headaches, reduce cavities, and boost athletic performance. The major negative items associated with drinking coffee are actually what is added into the brew. The sugars and the creamers have a chance of pulling you away from the “healthy” aspect of coffee and put you in the same realm as drinking a soft drink.
On a Personal Note
I consume 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day and most of the time drink it black. I found that finding the right brand and roast is important to enjoying your coffee without any addition items needing to be added to it. I also agree with a blog post from eatingwell.com about the 9 Rules for How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee.
I personally use Peet’s Coffee and brew with the Italian Roast or French Roast. Using a JavaPresse Coffee Grinder I set it to a fine grind and use an AeroPress to press the coffee. This is a nice combination that works for me and would like to hear what works for you.