Written by Francesca Willard under the direction and review of Tara Shafrath (former SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist).
Coffee is considered one of the most popular and widely consumed nonalcoholic beverages in the world.1 Coffee drinkers that rely on a cup of coffee (maybe two) understand how important it is in order to stay awake. However, that morning cup of joe has a lot more health benefits than you might think! The USDA’s new dietary guidelines have good news for you! The guidelines now say that moderate coffee consumption (3 to 5 cups per day) can be a part of a healthy diet.2 How awesome is that!?
Health Benefits of Coffee
Whether it’s right away in the morning, on a lunch break, or a reason to go out and meet with friends, you should feel good about the coffee you are drinking! Here’s why:
- Cancer Prevention
Coffee consumption plays a role in the prevention of certain cancers. For example, coffee has been shown to prevent breast and colon cancer. It has also been shown to reduce cancer from reoccurring in survivors for both breast and colon cancer.
- Type 2 Diabetes Management
Coffee consumption has shown benefits on the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. The caffeine in coffee leads to improvements in insulin resistance, which helps control blood sugar levels3. Even better news, decaffeinated coffee may have the same benefit as regular coffee on diabetes prevention!
- It Keeps You Regular
Yes, I said it and many of you know what I am talking about! Drinking warm liquids can help keep you stay hydrated and prevent constipation. Now, that’s a relief!
- Disease Prevention
Coffee contains both phytochemicals and antioxidants. Phytochemicals are nutrients that plants develop for defense, protection, and disease-prevention. Antioxidants help in neutralizing chemicals (free radicals) that may damage tissues in our body4.
Check out the following links to learn more about the health benefits of coffee. Share with a friend or family member who also enjoys sipping on a cup of joe!
- Miranda AM, Steluti J, Fisberg RM, Marchioni DM. Association between Coffee Consumption and Its Polyphenols with Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Population-Based Study. Nutrients. 2017;9(3).
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015.
- Higdon JV, Frei B. Coffee and health: a review of recent human research. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2006;46(2):101-123.
- Dorea JG, da Costa TH. Is coffee a functional food? Br J Nutr. 2005;93(6):773-782.