Why Coffee is Getting Great Health Press Lately
For years coffee was seen as this terrible unhealthy drink that people should start getting away from because of what it could do to your body. But lately scientists and the health community have taken a closer look and are starting to see coffee in a new light.
From helping to stem depression and preventing cancer, coffee is a natural anti-oxidant that people could use regularly. Coffee actually contains quite a few elements that we need in our daily lives that we typically don’t get anywhere else.
“Coffee is packed with antioxidants as well as magnesium and chromium, essential minerals that your body needs,” says Keri Gans, RD, CDN, a nutritionist in New York City. These are also minerals that the body typically doesn’t find in too many other places. Really one of the only major downsides of coffee is what we call cafestol, which is a compound that can increase bad cholesterol in the body, but this is only found in unfiltered coffee (like espresso). Traditional filtered drip coffee or filtered single serve coffee that is most common in the US is almost completely cafestol-free.
The real problem with coffee is simply the amount that we drink. Just like anything it needs to be consumed in moderation. Gans continues to say that we should probably cut it off at about two cups a day.
Now to discuss the above mentioned idea that coffee could actually be useful in fighting cancer. Its true, a study presented at The American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in October of 2011 showed experts that women who drank three cups of coffee daily had 20 percent reduction in risk of developing basal cell carcinomas (a type of pre-cancer) than those who didn’t. This information is still in the early phases of being researched, the so far the evidence is clear.
So while we should definitely be careful of how much coffee we are drinking, there are definite health