If one (or all!) of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 involve making healthier choices, including coffee in your daily routine can be a great addition. A study published by the American Heart Association in November 2015 found that folks “who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.” Decaf drinkers saw added benefits as well.
When comparing coffee drinkers to non-coffee drinkers, those who regularly enjoy a cup of joe are less likely to have type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee drinkers also have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes.
In addition to giving you a mental boost and improving your mood, coffee beans are full of nutrients and phytochemicals (plant chemicals that help our bodies protect against certain diseases and illnesses).
Coffee can also improve your daily workout. The caffeine in coffee can improve your reaction time and coordination as well as increase your speed. Caffeine can also increase the concentration of endorphins in your brain, those awesome hormones that produce a “runner’s high.”
The healthiest way to enjoy coffee is to drink it black, without milk or sugar. If you like espresso, you could try an Americano, which is espresso diluted with hot water until it has a similar concentration as coffee.
Not a caffeine fiend but still want a healthy hand crafted Winans beverage? Try one of our açaí smoothies, made with Sambazon açaí puree. It’s a delicious tropical smoothie full of antioxidants. We also serve a variety of fruit crushers made with real fruit! Tea drinkers will enjoy our caffeine-free varieties of black and green tea as well as our naturally caffeine-free rooibos (ROY-bus) or “red tea.” Winans also locally roasts decaf coffee.
Here’s to a healthy, happy new year with Winans Chocolates & Coffees!
Learn more about making coffee a healthy addition to your life:
Coffee and Your Health from WebMD
Drink To Your Health: Study Links Daily Coffee Habit To Longevity from NPR
What are the Risks (and Rewards) of Caffeine as a Runner from Runner’s Connect
Stay tuned for Part II: Mesocacao Chocolate!
The information presented in this blog is offered for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as personal medical advice. This information is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.