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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom - Love the Bean

I am obsessed with coffee and everything about it.  I love waking up to hold a warm mug with the smell of brewed coffee in the house.  I also love Starbucks!!!

Did you know it's OK to enjoy without guilt?

Coffee is a safe beverage and research suggests there are health benefits to drinking coffee!  There are 1,000 bioactive compounds in coffee, including  many potent antioxidents*.  Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants. 

The main ingredient in coffee, caffeine, improves mental performance, enhances mood, and can impact your endurance.  However, we can't ignore the 'everything in moderation' rule.  Caffeine, if overconsumed, can make one feel jittery, cause sleeplessness, or make you feel nervous.  So, listen to your body and adapt how much you drink if you feel any "negative" side effects.

When you have your cup of joe, stay away from the empty caloric, high sugar drinks and avoid cream.  One tall drink could punch an extra 300 calories into your diet. 

*Dr. Ann's Eat Right for Life,  Ann G. Kulze, MD, p.112

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