Registered Dietitian, Board Certified in Sports Nutrition, Food Scientist

A Cup of Joe or Should You Say No?

Are you like me and like to have your coffee in-hand every morning and/or afternoon? Below are a few thoughts based on the latest scientific evidence available on coffee consumption.

It was once thought that coffee consumption was not good for your health; however, this is no longer the case. Mounting research indicates moderate coffee consumption (3–4 cups/d providing 300–400 mg/day of caffeine) is not detrimental to your health and may provide health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, liver disease, and strokes.

Coffee contains nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, niacin, and vitamin E, which could contribute to the observed health effects of coffee consumption. Coffee also contains a substantial amount of antioxidants and is one of the greatest sources of antioxidants in the American diet due to the amount of coffee that is consumed.

Calories from coffee can add up depending on what you may add. Various forms of sweeteners, such as flavors, chocolate, syrups, and cream can increase the added sugar, fat and calories. To make it healthier you could choose fat-free milk and sugar-free syrup. You can also spice it up by adding cinnamon or vanilla powder which is a healthier alternative. Also keep in mind the larger the size coffee and the more extras you add, the more the calories can add up. Keep track of your portion sizes.

Go enjoy a cup of coffee. You may be positively affecting your health.

*Look for future posts regarding the health benefits or detriments to caffeine consumption*