Coffee – Good or Bad?

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • Well, good news for coffee drinkers. Here's a study that indicates drinking coffee may be good for your health.


    A 10-year Swedish Mammography Cohort Study looked at the connection between lifestyle and disease development. The study included 34,670 women between the ages of 48 to 83. All the women were healthy and without cardiovascular disease at the start of the study.


    The analyzed data found the women who drank one or more cups of coffee daily over the course of the 10 year study had a 22-25% reduced risk of stroke when compared to women who drank less than one cup of coffee daily.

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    Of course, more does not equal better. Women consuming more than 5 cups of coffee show the same benefits as those drinking one cup.


    Coffee Nutrients


    Coffee's main active ingredient is caffeine, with small amounts of fat, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Nutrient levels are dependent on how the coffee beans are processed.


    Coffee beans themselves may contain dietary fibers, but the grinding and roasting processes eliminate dietary fiber from coffee itself.


    One cup of black coffee (8 fl oz) contains less than one mg of sodium, no cholesterol, and almost no carbohydrates and fat.


    More studies are being conducted on the health benefits of coffee, so this is not a definitive analysis. Just some study results I thought you coffee drinkers may enjoy!


    Enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning may not be a bad thing. . . just remember what you put in it! Don't counteract the potential benefits with a bunch of cream and sugar.


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Published On: August 24, 2011