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Grab A Cup Of Joe

Hello bloggies!! Glad you all liked my enormous oreo sundae and eggy pizza. In case any of you want the recipe I did post it under the recipes tab Smile

I didn’t plan on posting today but I had a bit of a dispute yesterday on twitter so I decided I would address it. The issue was that coffee is “unclean”. Ok first off, food is only unclean if it touches the floor and even then I’ve been known to follow the 5 second rule Surprised smile  (I’m not dirty I promise). Foods should be addressed as being more or less nutrient dense. A clean diet is purely subjective. I might think chicken is clean while vegans and vegetarians clearly don’t.

I’ve been known to make a claim or two about things that I’ve been wrong about.

  • Eating after 6pm will make you fat
  • Eating carbs for dinner is a big no no
  • Spending less than an hour at the gym is useless

I’m glad I know better and I usually keep quiet about an issue I don’t know much about. This one sparked my interest because she clearly had no idea what she was babbling about.

What’s the first thing I drank today?

And let me just say; it was dirty, sinful and quite delicious Winking smile

Now her argument was solely based on that caffeine was bad and yes this is true if you consume a pot of coffee a day. For people that consume a cup or two, not a big deal. Everything in moderation. Too much broccoli is bad, too much water is bad, too much peanut butter meat is bad. (I think pb is ok right?)

  • Blood pressure. Results from long-term studies are showing that coffee may not increase the risk for high blood pressure over time, as previously thought. Study findings for other cardiovascular effects are a mixed bag.
  • Cancer. Coffee might have anti-cancer properties. Last year, researchers found that coffee drinkers were 50% less likely to get liver cancer than nondrinkers. A few studies have found ties to lower rates of colon, breast, and rectal cancers.
  • Cholesterol. Two substances in coffee — kahweol and cafestol — raise cholesterol levels. Paper filters capture these substances, but that doesn’t help the many people who now drink non-filtered coffee drinks, such as lattes. Researchers have also found a link between cholesterol increases and decaffeinated coffee, possibly because of the type of bean used to make certain decaffeinated coffees.
  • Diabetes. Heavy coffee drinkers may be half as likely to get diabetes as light drinkers or nondrinkers. Coffee may contain chemicals that lower blood sugar. A coffee habit may also increase your resting metabolism rate, which could help keep diabetes at bay.
  • Parkinson’s disease. Coffee seems to protect men, but not women, against Parkinson’s disease. One possible explanation for the sex difference may be that estrogen and caffeine need the same enzymes to be metabolized, and estrogen captures those enzymes. Source

Coffee also supplies our body with antioxidants, more so than tea.

In a study that was performed results showed:

That the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily. Source

Most Americans actually get most of their antioxidants from coffee (increase the veggies people!)

So again everything in moderation. Smile

Now if you excuse me while I munch on this while sipping my cup of joe

Warm oats topped with granola, reeses peanut butter chips, and cinnamon raisin pb

Peanut Butter in moderation? Hmm not today Winking smile

Are you a coffee drinker?


05/19/2011 at 11:51 am 97 comments

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