Make That Delicious Cup of Coffee Healthier

I love coffee. That first cup in the morning taste like nectar to me. I must admit I am a bit of a coffee snob and only drink real coffee, not instant. We have a Nespresso machine, which I think is fabulous.

I take my coffee black and quite strong to get the full flavour and I have a beautiful little coffee mug made of bone china, which makes it even nicer.

One of the reasons coffee is thought of as being unhealthy is because it is acidic and too much acidity in our diet has been inked to an increased risk of cancer.

To decrease the acidic property of coffee, simply add a pinch of Bicarbonate of Soda. Apart from the health benefits, adding Bicarbonate of Soda makes a bitter cup of coffee more palatable.

Here are some other possible ideas about coffee.

The Good

1. Coffee can help boost physical performance.

Caffeine increases adrenaline levels, the hormone which prepares you for “fight or flight” which in turn boosts the body’s ability for physical exertion.

2. Coffee may help you lose weight and burn fat.

Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which help the body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing your craving for sugary treats and snacks. Caffeine also helps fat cells break down in the body to be used as fuel.

3. Coffee helps you focus and stay alert.

Moderate caffeine intake, 1- 3 cups a day, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness.

4. Coffee may reduce the risk of a stroke.

A moderate consumption of coffee (2 – 3 cups a day) is associated with lower risk of stroke.

5. Coffee protects your body.

Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants, which help to fight and protect against free radicals within the body.

6. Coffee may lower risk of Type II diabetes.

Caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, therefore could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

7. Coffee protects the brain.

Some studies show that high caffeine levels in the blood reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease.

8. Coffee can help brighten your mood.

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which elevate your mood.

The Bad

1. Bad coffee can be toxic.

Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause sickness, headache or a general bad feeling. If coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined it can be toxic. If you invest and buy high quality coffee this won’t be a problem.

3. Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness.

It’s the caffeine in coffee at work here. It is recommended that we should consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day (about 4 cups of coffee). However, some people are caffeine-sensitive and may be better drinking decaffeinated coffee. Most people know if the are sensitive to caffeine as it gives them the jitters.

4. Don’t drink coffee if you’re pregnant.

If you drink coffee when pregnant, caffeine will also reach the fetus, and your baby is highly sensitive to caffeine. Cut it out completely if you can. Have just one cup a day, if you can’t live without it.

5. If you have high cholesterol choose filtered coffee.

Coffee beans contain cafestol and kahweol, two ingredients that appear to raise LDL (the bad ones) cholesterol levels. Filtering the coffee traps most of the LDL. However, if your cholesterol levels are normal the intake of LDL from a cup of espresso is still so small that it won’t be a risk.

My advice would be: Buy the best quality coffee you can afford, make it just the way you like it, serve it in a special mug, sit in a comfy chair and enjoy.