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Coffee is one of those foods that the media seems to go back and forth on – can you boost your health with coffee? Is it a guilty pleasure or natural superfood?
Because we all know we should be cautious taking nutrition advice from the media, I thought we would clear up any confusion and shed some light on the science based health benefits of quality coffee in this blog post.
I’ve spent the last few weeks partnering with Purity Coffee and learning all about the health benefits of coffee through journal articles and summaries of peer-reviewed research and I think you’ll be glad to hear that there is science to support boosting your health with coffee.
However, when it comes down to it, quality really does matter.
A heaping spoonful of low quality instant coffee, or the coffee you might buy at most gas stations, will likely use the cheapest, lowest quality coffee beans (usually selected based on price alone). These beans may contain a higher ratio of bean defects (such as insect damage, over-fermented, and oxidized) and higher levels of mold. Plus, the coffee will could be stale. Many of the benefits of the coffee compounds will still be present, but so will toxins and chemicals that can create adverse health effects.
It is best to find a coffee that’s tested to be free of contaminants, like Purity Coffee.
Purity Coffee is the only coffee that is produced with health as the top consideration. Every step of the way, from organically grown plants to fresh, nitrogen-flushed bags, they make sure the coffee is pure and clean. Not only is Purity Coffee free of contaminants, but it is roasted to have the highest concentration of antioxidants and the lowest risk of carcinogenic compounds. You can be confident that your health is in good hands when you brew Purity Coffee at any temperature.
The key ingredient is a group of antioxidants known as chlorogenic acids, or CGAs. These components protect you from damaging free radicals. Free radicals are defined as reactive molecules that are produced in the body by natural biological processes or introduced from an outside source (such as tobacco smoke, toxins, or pollutants) and that can damage cells, proteins, and DNA by altering their chemical structure. CGAs (antioxidants) eliminate these oxidizing molecules in the body. That’s why they’re called “antioxidants.”
Coffee is actually the richest source of antioxidants in the western diet (and PURITY is the richest source of antioxidants out of all coffees), more than even ‘superfoods’ like blueberries and kale
Athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise than those who didn’t.
A little caffeine post-workout may have benefits too. Compared to consuming carbohydrates alone, a caffeine/carb combo was shown to increase muscle glycogen by 66% after intense exercise, allowing athletes to exercise harder and longer next time.
This 2014 study showed that participants who increased their coffee consumption by more than 1 cup per day over a 4 year period had an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the subsequent 4 years compared with those who made no changes in their coffee consumption. Participants who decreased their coffee intake by more than 1 cup per day had a 17% higher risk for type 2 diabetes.
This recent study suggests a lower risk of atrial fibrillation among men who consume 1-3 cups of coffee per day. The American Heart Association describes Atrial fibrillation as a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
Coffee is valued for its high antioxidant value and phytochemicals, so it is no surprise that coffee has been linked to lower risk for certain types of cancers. It also may promote longevity. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, “coffee drinkers may live longer than non-coffee drinkers, having lower risk of dying from many cancers – as well as other chronic diseases.” You can read more about the research on the AICR website here.
Because coffee acids are better extracted at high temperatures, cold brew can be up to 60% less acidic than hot brewed coffee. Many people love the smoother, sweeter flavor of cold brew. Since fewer acids are extracted than from a typical heated brewing process, it doesn’t have the same bitter bite to it that can be off-putting for some.
Try this yummy Salted Caramel Coffee Smoothie.
Coffee isn’t just for drinking, try cooking with it! Use the grounds in anything from baked goods, smoothies, energy bites, or [combine with dried herbs] as a coating for steak or fish.
Here are a few delicious coffee recipes for you to try.
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I’m excited to partner with Purity Coffee for an AMAZING instagram giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a FREE 3-Month Subscription for Purity Coffee! To read the rules and enter, please head on over to the below Instagram post to get started.
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🎉🎊GIVEAWAY!🎊🎉 . #todayontheblog I'm sharing tips on How to Boost Your Health with Quality Coffee. A few weeks ago I shared that I teamed up with @purity_coffee to learn all about the health benefits of coffee through their learning modules. Today, I'm sharing some awesome tips and delicious recipes PLUS a very special giveway! . Guys I’m SO excited to partner with @Purity_coffee for this giveaway. Purity Coffee is the only coffee company in the world that is completely focused on maximizing health benefits, it is: ✅ Always organic ✅ Specialty grade beans ✅ Contains ZERO contaminants and mold and mycotoxin-free ✅ Roasted to achieve maximum health benefits ✅ Antioxidant rich - up to 2x more antioxidants than other leading brands ✅ Delivered fresh - within 48 hours of roasting . One lucky winner will receive a FREE 3-Month Subscription for Purity Coffee! 😍☕️😍☕️😍☕️😍 . To enter: 👉Follow @purity_coffee, @livingplate, and @askew_nf 👉Tag a coffee loving friend in the comments below! . 🔸Disclaimer: This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram or any of its associated companies in anyway. Giveaway will close Sunday 9/22 at 12am cst. Must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter. Winner will be announced Monday 9/23 at 12pm cst. . Ultimate Coffee Energy Bites . This recipe uses Purity Coffee which is mold and mycotoxin free and is roasted to have the highest concentration of antioxidants and the lowest risk of carcinogenic compounds. Don't forget to check out my latest blog post highlighting the health benefits of coffee. For more recipes that put your health first, subscribe for my weekly meal plans. Start with a no obligation, 3-day Free Trial (link in bio)! . ✅1 1/2 cup pecans, raw ✅4 medjool dates, pitted ✅1 Tbs chia seeds ✅1 tsp Purity coffee beans, ground ✅1 tsp cocoa powder ✅2 Tbs coconut oil, unsweetened ✅1 tsp vanilla extract ✅salt to taste . Make: Add pecans to food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add rest of ingredients and process until combined. Roll into 12 bites [serving size = 1 bite]. Refrigerate until firm then dust with cocoa powder if desired.
Priscilla Askew is a Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered. She loves all things related to health & fitness and blogs about her adventures in running, triathlon, and nutrition.