Be Thankful for Coffee’s Five Amazing Graces

If you’re a part of the 54% of Americans over 18 who drink coffee everyday, you’re probably most thankful that the wonder beverage gives you the kickstart you crave every morning. But did you also know that coffee can be pretty amazing for your brain, your skin and your body?

#1 Drinking coffee can help you burn FAT

Studies have shown that drinking caffeine can increase your metabolism 3 to 11%. It’s one of the few chemicals that can actually help with fat burning, so you might as well drink up!

#2 Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else

While fruits and vegetables also have tons of antioxidants, the human body seems to absorb the most from coffee.  Antioxidants fight cancer and other diseases within the body.  It’s also a natural anti-aging beverage.

#3 Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent. In addition to avoiding sugary drinks and drinking plenty of water, coffee might be the next best thing for you

#4 Coffee can improve heart health & prevent cardiovascular disease

Surprisingly, coffee intake is associated with lower risks of heart failure and stroke. Coffee is even associated with neutral to reduced risks for heart arrhythmia.

#5 Helps preserve brain function and prevents cognitive decline

As we age, some evidence exists showing that beneficial antioxidants in coffee may help protect against Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder, as well as preventing dementia and acting as a natural Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Coffee might even have protective qualities against depression in some people.

This is all eye-opening news, right? We agree, but we also plant a seed of caution to look out for coffee shop beverage sugar and calories galore. Many coffee retailers have drink caloric counts on their website and app. It’s where I discovered a Caribou Vanilla Cooler carried 240 calories and 41 grams of sugar. Yikes! Look out for these hidden calories and sugar and get creative with your coffee. We suggest using fairly sourced and organic coffee and aim to have your coffee either black or sweetened with organic stevia extract. As far as milk goes, you can use no-sugar-added almond or coconut milk, almond milk or goat milk, or even add coconut oil.

Try this Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer Recipe as one way to avoid excess sugar and harmful ingredients.

  • 1 scoop fairly sourced, organic coffee
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 1–2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • Honey stevia to taste
  • Sea salt to taste, optional

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined. Serves 4-8. Use in coffee as desired.

— Share your coffee choices on Facebook or Instagram using the #EACoffeeCreations hashtag during the month of November to receive a set of four Empowering All coffee mugs!