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Coffee: It's Not All Bad


Need a quick pick-me-up to help you get through a difficult weekday? Require an instant shot of energy to help you tackle that commute into work? You’re not alone, which is one reason why both the coffee van and cafés are gaining supremacy on the high street. But is that intense caffeine shot bad for you? There is a lot of conflicting information on the Internet about this. A lot of people will try to tell you that you should not drink coffee at all and that you need to find something else to replace it with. So, is coffee really that bad?

Far from it. There’s a growing body of evidence that supports the health benefits of coffee in all kinds of scenarios. If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge in your daily cup of mobile coffee on the go, here are just three reasons why this is something that you should drink rather than ban from your diet altogether:

What are some of the benefits associated with drinking coffee? 

1.    Coffee is a high source of natural antioxidants; in fact, a recent US study has estimated that it’s the leading source for most Americans! And, as we’re all learning, antioxidants do wonders in protecting our cells from damage caused by free radicals, such as those introduced by pollution, passive smoke inhalation and exposure to UV rays.

2.    Coffee is also known to have certain anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to protect the body’s nerve endings. While further research is needed to prove conclusively why this may be the case, studies are showing time and time again that caffeine may be a significant factor in preventing or assisting with the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. For those suffering from such conditions, it is definitely advisable to look online for forums and websites whereby others suffering from these conditions provide helpful tips on living with MS and so on. For Multiple Sclerosis specifically, Shift MS is a good example of the sort of website you should be looking for here.

3.    If you’re on a diet, ask the barista at your local coffee shop or mobile coffee van for a black coffee. You’ll be impressed to learn there are only around two calories in a standard cup of black coffee. Obviously, adding milk and sugar is going to increase that, but just try it without – you’ll appreciate the flavour of the coffee more and it doesn’t take long to get used to. Forget so-called diet drinks: they can’t compare in taste or health benefits! 

All things in moderation, as they say…but there’s certainly no need to steer clear of your daily treat from the coffee van with health benefits like these if you have permission from your health practitioner! You will read endless numbers of articles telling you that you should get rid of your daily cup of coffee. However, it is also worth considering the benefits that are associated with it. Drinking coffee in moderation can certainly be good for you. 

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