If you’ve visited our ‘About Us’ page, you will see I spent many years with Starbucks Coffee Company prior to joining Green Mountain at Fox Run. Among other good things, working at a coffee company includes a lot of slurping, spitting and swallowing.
During those years I loved my Starbucks coffee, never really paying attention to the amount of caffeine I ingested every day. (Can we say appropriate portions?) In fact, I enjoyed my coffee so much so, that after missing just one day of that golden elixir, I would slip into a caffeine-headache-induced tail spin that had my closest friends and family looking into some form of coffee rehab. Hello Dr. Drew!
So, you can imagine how happy I was to hear that a recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in women (by about 30%), who had a moderate intake of coffee. Besides caffeine, coffee contains polyphenols. Polyphenol those good compounds also found in red wine, which have been linked to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases in people who drink one to three glasses of red wine a day.
According to the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention, tea polyphenols have demonstrated several cancer preventive properties as well. In addition to antioxidant activity, these compounds may reduce abnormal cell growth and inflammation; help the body get rid of cancer-causing agents and restore communication between different cells in the body. Additionally, the Iowa Women’s Health Study, found that up to 60 per cent of antioxidants in the diet may come from coffee. Yippee!
I have switched to decaf these days, but I’ll never give up the flavor. Such a treat. Now, you’ll have to excuse me…I’m running out to get my double tall decaf soy latte, because a day without coffee is a day without…well, apparently, polyhpenols! Who knew?
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