Your alarm is synced with the coffeemaker or you can’t imagine morning without a “K-cup.” The barista doesn’t even need to ask your name. You wonder if those AM or midday lattes are going to impact your health.
The benefits of coffee have been a hot topic for decades. Latest analysis shows that, in moderation, coffee may provide some health benefits.
According to a report on CBS News, drinking three to five cups a day may lead to decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and even melanoma, as well as lower the risk of death in general.
Sorry, those coffee-enhanced sugar-filled frozen drinks don’t count! To maximize benefits and minimize risk, coffee consumption should be more than 1 to 2 cups a day but fewer than five or six 8-oz. cups a day, without much added sweetener or creamer.
The coffee bean is a good source of antioxidants. Most studies are conducted on caffeinated coffee so the benefits of decaf are not as known. Caffeine does dehydrate so be sure to add in an additional glass of water for each cup of coffee, especially on a hot day or after exercise!
Drinking that iced coffee before your workout may actually make your workout more enjoyable, according to the Journal of Physiology!