Benefits of the Bean
by Paul Massard, Bean Hunter
If you’re like me you’ve probably been sprinting through the last week, waiting anxiously for the New Year to begin. It’s an opportunity to close out the old and start anew, a chance to move through the next year with purpose and resolution. Who couldn’t like that?
I’d put down good money that many of you will resolve to have a healthier 2012. With that in mind, I’d like to give you a helping hand and shine some light onto some surprising health benefits of the original superfruit (and everyone’s favorite beverage): coffee.
Recently there have been multiple articles praising coffee for its positive health benefits. It’s been linked to lowering the risk of depression in women, fighting off Alzheimer’s disease, lowering the risk of Prostate cancer in men and reducing the risk of skin cancer (basel cell carcinoma), just to name a few. lt also lowers the risks of type 2 diabetes by 7% for every cup consumed, reduces Parkinson’s risk by 25% for just 1 cup consumed per day, reduces the risk of Endometrial cancer by 25% for just the consumption of 1 cup per day. And (as if everything I just listed isn’t enough) it has recently been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.
As I consume more coffee than the average person– a lot more– I just hope that in the case of coffee more is better. Not only does coffee have all of the above benefits, but it also increases your brain activity when you’re tired or bored or need to wake up. And, for all you fit people out there looking to get even fitter, caffeine has been found to unequivocally enhance endurance and athletic performance. It also has four times more antioxidants than green tea and is one of the most delicious and complex beverages this world has ever seen, with more than 700+ flavor compounds found inside its flavor profiles. In spite of all that, I’m sure you’ve also heard rumors that coffee is linked to weight gain. But to counter that I would like to point out that black coffee, with no additives, has only 5 calories per 8 ounce cup.