Coffeehouse calorie fest
A 2009 study broke down the calorie count of popular coffeehouse beverages. ††They came up with scary news when it comes to calorie count.† Blended beverages (anything other than straight coffee or tea) often pack 200 calories or more per serving. Drinking just one daily could add 20 pounds to your frame in a year. Thatís an big ouch.† Think cappuccinos, lattes, frappes, smoothies — anything where the barista blends something into your drink.
How to keep your coffee healthy
There’s no need to ditch your daily coffee. But make smart choices. Say no to†brewed coffee or tea with added milk and sugar (could be 60 calories a serving.). For sweetening say yes to a little skim milk and natural sweetener.††And if you have to do the blended thing in a coffee shop, order the smallest size available, and opt for the “light” version.
How about extra cups?
If you sometimes have trouble cutting yourself off after only one cup of coffee in the morning, don’t fret.† Actually, going back for a refill might not be a bad move. A few recent large-scale studies have uncovered some new by-the-cup health benefits of coffee. Check ‘em out:
1 cup . . . may lower your risk of cancer.
A 13-year Japanese study revealed that men and women who drank a cup or more a day were half as likely to develop cancer of the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus compared with people who didn’t drink coffee.
2 cups . . . may fend off strokes.
In a 24-year study, women who drank 2-3 cups a day were 19 percent less likely to have a stroke compared with women who drank less than a cup a month. One caveat: The benefit applied only to nonsmoking women with no history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
3 cups . . . may safeguard your neurons.
Middle-aged adults who reported drinking at least 3 cups of coffee a day were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia or Alzheimer’s by the time most of the group had reached their mid-sixties to seventies. Now, that’s a lotta coffee. But not for everyone.
How about coffee caveats?
Even with all the pros associated with coffee, there are also some cons to consider. Although coffee consumption does not seem to raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, research shows that chronic consumption may increase aortic stiffness. Plus, unfiltered coffee can raise levels of blood fats, and excessive caffeine intake may be bad for people who are sensitive to caffeine. Coffee can contain anywhere from 72 to 130 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per 8-ounce serving, depending on the bean source and the brewing method.
So if you don’t already drink coffee, there isn’t necessarily a reason to pick up the habit for your health. And for people who already drink it, coffee is no substitute for veggies and fruit.
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