The air is getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to change, and you’re dreaming of flannel, leather boots, and a pumpkin spice latte.... Coffee has been in the spotlight lately touted as a leading health food. Several studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals have found a link between coffee and a reduced risk for a number of diseases including diabetes, alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease, and cancer. As if you needed more reasons to drink coffee…
For most Americans, coffee is their number one source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidant packed micronutrients found in certain plant-based foods that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Many of coffee’s reported health benefits are directly linked to its high concentration of polyphenols.
Dr. Bob Arnot, author of The Coffee Lover’s Diet, tested popular supermarket and specialty coffee varieties to find which ones contained the highest levels of polyphenols. Dunkin Donuts Original Blend, Lavazza Kilimanjaro, Bulletproof and McCafe Decaf Medium Roast took the top four spots for supermarket brands. Dr. Danger Hard Core (Dr. Arnot’s own brand), Hacienda La Minta Kenya, Brio Ethiopia Adado and Barrington Coffee Hambela specialty coffee all measured several thousand units higher than the top supermarket brands.
The caffeine in coffee is known to help mobilize fats from the fat tissues and increase metabolism— it is also an effective appetite suppressant.
Unfortunately, our bodies build a tolerance to caffeine, making the effects less pronounced over time. But the body can be weaned off caffeine quickly; it only takes 5 days to clean the receptor cells. After that, you can enjoy the benefits anew. Take a 5 day break from coffee every few weeks to prevent your tolerance from building up.
For long lasting weight loss results, you need a sustainable, long-term diet plan that uses coffee to curb cravings, boost exercise benefits, and enhance metabolism. Incorporate coffee into a balanced, fiber rich, plant-protein heavy diet by having a cup between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner, to stave off hunger and keep you feeling energized.
Those special seasonal drinks you love— like your pumpkin spice and eggnog lattes— pack a ton of excess calories and sugar. Adding cream, sugar, flavored creamers and syrups can quickly cancel out coffee’s benefits. A regular 16-ounce coffee has around 5 calories and 0 grams of sugar, while the sweetened version can contain more than 80 calories and 20 grams of sugar (that’s if you forego the whipped cream topping).
No time to brew in the morning? Coffee pot always burning the batch at the office? Order cold brew nitro coffees from Terra’s Kitchen. (You might have to hide them from your co-workers!)