Sharing the Good News About Your Coffee Habit

The bulk of adult American’s are replenished, re-energized, and re-fueled by the black elixir. Coffee is the second most-traded commodity in the world, second only to crude oil. Americans drink about 587 million cups a day. That’s about three cups per person, daily. According to an article published in USA Today, about 83 percent of adults drink coffee in the U.S. Bob Thompson, a coffee professor was quoted in the article as saying, "you could say this nation runs on two dark liquids — petroleum and coffee."  Our coffee habit is a $30 billion-a-year national industry, is “a foodie fixation, an affordable luxury, a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants, a versatile ingredient, an intoxicating aroma and a beverage that brings people together.”
For such a small bean, it packs a lot of punch. Health research frequently advises us to stop consuming the things we love  Namely, all of our feel-good foods: fat, sugar, and wheat. It is a delight to learn that our beloved coffee is a healthy habit we can keep.
“Mounting scientific evidence continues to suggest that individuals can obtain several health benefits from drinking coffee in moderation. Studies indicate coffee consumption is inversely related to weight gain, may improve glycemic indicators that help prevent type 2 diabetes, and may even facilitate weight loss because of the thermogenic effects of caffeine and other pharmacologic elements found in coffee beans,” was published in an article in Today’s Dietitian. Yes, you read that right. Coffee in moderation can help you lose weight and prevent type 2 diabetes. According to National Cancer Institute, those who drink coffee daily have a 10-13% chance of living longer than those that do not. Moreover, as quoted in the USA Today article, “other research suggests coffee lowers the risk of diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes.”

We can all raise our cups and toast to that! It's important, however, to be mindful to consume caffeine in moderation. According to the Mayo Clinic, 400 milligrams of caffeine appears safe for adult consumption. That is the equivalent of four cups of coffee. Adolescents should limit caffeine consumption to 100 mg and children should have none.

Caffeine is not healthy for everyone. Some diseases, such as celiacs, may make individuals more prone to jitters and caffeine sensitivity. Others factors, such as medication use, age, body mass and health conditions such as anxiety disorders, may make people more sensitive to caffeine. Be mindful if your coffee habit is contributing to an unhealthy sleep pattern- this can cause multiple adverse health effects. Finally, be aware that more than 500 to 600 mg a day of caffeine can cause negative consequences such as:

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Stomach upset
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle tremors
  • Insomnia

At Kay’s we celebrate health and wellness. That’s why we have this blog- to help the public be abreast of recent health research. Making health studies accessible contributs to everyone to knowing how to treat their bodies right and live life to the fullest. It is our mission to help everyone live a healthy lifestyle, no matter what obstacles stand in their way. To see all 21 of our high-protein, low-sugar, diabetes-friendly, gluten-free, and delicious snacks and cereals, visit our website!

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