Woke up to the smell of freshly brewed hot coffee???
Many drink coffee in the morning as it has become a daily ritual like brushing or bathing. You would be pleasantly surprised to hear that your daily cup (or three) of coffee provides you with health benefits apart from just adding caffeine to your body. Dietitians and nutritionists propose the many advantages of coffee such as increased cognitive function, possible disease protection and a carrier for milk which contains calcium.
Coffee is a great source of antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory effects. Researchers are working on the other benefits of antioxidants which might also have some disease-preventing effects. Coffee also provides its share of nutrients like potassium, niacin, vitamin E and magnesium — which helps the body use the hormone insulin.
So, don’t feel guilty the next time you indulge in drinking a cup of coffee but be aware that not all coffees are equally good for the body. A regular coffee measuring about 235 ml has some health benefits while coffee shop beverages can contain more than the required levels of sugar and fat. These designer coffee drinks will add more than the required calories to your diet unnecessarily.
To avoid all these added sugars and calories, it is best to choose a fat-free milk latte in which you can get as much as a cup of milk in your coffee. This also fulfills the daily needed calcium and vitamin D levels. A fortified soy beverage rich in calcium is the best alternative for people allergic to dairy products.
Though coffee does not result in hypertension, it may cause adverse effects in people already suffering from hypertension and the elderly. It may also increase blood pressure for a short duration. Nutritionists/dietitians also warn pregnant and breast-feeding women to limit their caffeine intake to a maximum of 200 to 300 milligrams a day (2 to 3 cups of coffee).Nowadays even kids love a cup of steaming coffee but some become over-caffeinated and suffer from its aftermath. Is your kid over-caffeinated? Then, please do visit the website www.firsteatright.com for a detailed summary of caffeine, its effect on our body and solutions for the same.
People who do not prefer caffeine can drink a cup of decaf coffee that has about 4 milligrams (regular coffee has about 130 milligrams) which is still a good carrier of milk.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.