Posted July 21, 2014
Americans have strong opinions when it comes to coffee. Some like it black, while others take it with lots of cream and sugar. More than 54 percent of Americans ages 18 and older consume an average of three cups of coffee daily, reports Statistic Brain. Over the years, scientists have expressed concerns over coffee consumption, but new research demonstrates several health benefits.
Low-calorie, rich in antioxidants
Coffee has acquired a variety of names, including java, joe, jitter juice, morning jolt, mud and dirt. An average cup of black coffee has about 2 calories and is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, reports WebMD.
Helpful in fighting disease
A recent Medical News Today article links coffee consumption in moderation to lowered risks of several medical issues:
- Type 2 diabetes – Studies conducted over four years by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health discovered that people who increased their daily intake of coffee by one cup had an 11 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, in comparison to those who did not consume an extra cup of joe
- Parkinson’s disease – Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center discovered that higher coffee and caffeine consumption is associated with lower incidences of Parkinson’s and is helpful in controlling movement in those suffering from the disease
- Liver cancer and liver disease – Researchers found that coffee consumption lowered the risk of liver cancer by 40 percent, and reduced incidences of cirrhosis for alcohol drinkers
- Heart failure – Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health report that drinking two 8-ounce cups of coffee daily provided protection against heart failure and stroke
Remember, though, that drinking more than two or three cups of coffee daily may lead to other health problems, including increased anxiety and sleep disruption.
Learn more about the benefits of coffee by reading the 11 reasons to drink coffee each day.