Monday, August 31, 2009

That Morning Cup of Joe

The question is, is that cup of coffee you're drinking good for you or not. First it was, then it wasn't, now you hear a cup or two a day has health benefits, but what exactly does it all mean?

I've read conflicting reports as well, some for and some against the classification of coffee as "healthy", but like most Americans I too enjoy my morning cup of Joe.

But to address the question at hand (is it or isn't it healthy), I examine it as I would any other food; it's all in how it's prepared, how often you consume it, and what quality is the food you are consuming.

We've all probably heard the recent claim that coffee is a good source of antioxidants; if this is true than you want to make sure you're drinking the healthiest beans possible. I choose Organic coffee beans for the same reason I choose organic foods; no pesticides or herbicides, and more of the nutrients you're body needs.

Now for the dreaded "how do you take it" question, and in today's world of frappuccinos, cappuccinos, and lattes the answer is a little more complicated than "1 sugar please". This is where your "healthy" cup of coffee can quickly become a whole lot of calories, sugar, and fat. By the time they've added a few squirts of syrup, and creams, and sugar, and whatever else is in that science experiment you wait in line for, you've pretty well maxed out your daily allowance of, well sugar and fat.

I choose to drink my coffee black, not simply because i have a dairy and soy allergy as there are many milk/cream replacements I could use, but because I enjoy the taste of coffee; not to mention it's the fat free, sugar free, practically no calorie, healthiest way to drink it.

Finally remember moderation is key.

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