I’m not sure how anyone else feels about it, but my day does not start until that first cup of coffee is in my hand, on its way to my mouth. Seriously, my children have learned that even though Mama loves them more than anything else in the whole world, the first thing I want to hear in the morning is my coffee maker, nothing, nor no one else.
The problem is that I keep hearing about how bad my coffee is for me, that I will be so much healthier if I just give up coffee. I might be healthier, but I’d be insane, so would it really be better for me, or anyone around me? I decided to find out just how harmful my daily pot of coffee really is, and how much of it I could live without, if I really had too. What I found out, was a pleasant surprise. Coffee, if used responsibly, isn’t as bad for you as we’ve been led to believe. What that means, is to drink it in moderation, and be careful how much you add, of whatever it is that you add to your coffee.
Coffee doesn’t provide any vitamins, but it does contain trace amounts of essential minerals, such as Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Manganese. In addition, new research into the health risks of drinking coffee have actually disproved many of the old reasons not to drink it. These studies suggest that drinking coffee may reduce risks of colon and liver cancer; cirrhosis of the liver; may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease and the onset of diabetes. Plus, coffee can prevent or reduce the likelihood of developing gallstones, and even prevent cavities. Science has even learned that brewed coffee has been found to have 3 to 4 times the amount of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants as green tea.
The biggest problem that some people have with coffee, is the caffeine, though it is natural caffeine, and so is not as harmful as manufactured stimulants. Caffeine has some health benefits too, but that is an article for another day. And through modern science, you can buy coffee that has no caffeine; personally, I don’t see the point however.