If consumed in moderation, coffee can be a very healthy beverage for most people. Studies show that coffee drinkers tend to have a longer life span and lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. In athletes, caffeinated coffee has been shown to improve physical performance. Here’s how to maximize your coffee's nutritional benefits:
Opt for light roast coffee for more antioxidants. Dark roasting can destroy around 99 percent of the chlorogenic acids, the main antioxidants in coffee.
Brew your coffee with a paper filter, as it removes a cholesterol-raising compound called cafestol.
Buy organic coffee beans whenever possible, which has fewer pesticides. Non-organic light roast coffees may have more fungal residues and pesticides.
Drink it black or with cinnamon or cocoa. To preserve coffee’s health benefits, avoid adding sugar, processed creamers, and full-fat cream or milk. For flavor, add cinnamon or cocoa (both have antioxidants).
That said, caffeinated coffee may not be a good choice if you have heart health concerns or are sensitive to caffeine. If you have sleep issues, consider drinking your last cup by 12-2pm.
Not sure how much coffee is right for you? Check with your Apeiron Life experts.