Does the warmth of a freshly brewed cup of joe in the morning give you the strength to tackle the day? It may be giving you much more than that!

Let’s dive into the research behind the positive effects black coffee can have on your health.

Science Says

Black coffee contains antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin B2, B3, B5, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.

Drinking black coffee can:
  • Enhance the brain’s function and activity
  • Boost memory
  • Keep dementia at bay
  • Improve performance during a workout
  • Cleanse your stomach
  • Support weight loss
  • Improve heart health
  • Reduce the risks of cancer
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Free radical damage
  • Help prevent liver cancer, hepatitis, fatty liver disease, and alcoholic cirrhosis

Studies Show

Black coffee is known to suppress appetite and make you feel fuller, but does it help you maintain a healthy weight? Science says, yes.

  1. A study done by Food & Function in 2012, found that caffeine boosts thermogenesis, allowing you to burn more calories.
  2. In June 2014, Nutrition & Diabetes published a study where they found that mice who consumed coffee and were fed a high-fat diet gained weight slower than the mice that did not drink coffee.  
  3. In another study conducted by the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2015, scientists studied 93,000 people’s dietary habits and patterns. It was concluded that people who drank more coffee had lower risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  4. In one review that included more than 600 people, researchers found that greater caffeine intake was associated with decreased weight, body mass index (BMI), and fat mass. When participants’ caffeine intake doubled, their weight, BMI, and fat mass decreased by 17–28 percent.

Additionally, regular coffee drinkers have been shown to have a 32-60% reduced chance of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Make the Switch

However, the benefits mentioned above can be overwritten by putting sugar, cream, syrup, or other additives in your coffee.

The average American drinks roughly 3 cups of coffee a day. According to the FDA, one cup of coffee with 2 tsp of sugar and an ounce of half and half contains 72 calories. So, those who switched from cream and sugar to drinking black coffee every day for a year saved more than 78,000 calories and about 22 pounds of fat.

Even more calories and fat can be saved if you’re an avid Starbucks drinker. Did you know that the holiday favorite, peppermint mocha, contains 380 calories? This calorie count isn’t uncommon for Starbucks drinks.

Other popular menu items include:
  • Caramel Brulée Latte: 360 calories
  • Iced White Chocolate Mocha: 420 calories
  • Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage: 440 calories

Although each person’s daily calorie intake is different, experts agree that each meal should be broken down into sections with 300-400 calories at breakfast, and 500-700 calories each for lunch and dinner. That means if you have one of these Starbucks drinks, you’ve already consumed an entire meal’s worth of calories.

Switching to black coffee may be one of the easiest ways to shed extra pounds while improving your overall health!

More to Consider

As with almost everything, moderation is key when it comes to coffee. Consuming too much coffee can lead to jitters, interrupted sleep, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, or a rapid heart rate. Additionally, excessive caffeine intake has been linked to headaches, insomnia, heart attacks, osteoporosis, and an increased risk of bone fractures.

According to the Mayo Clinic, consuming up to 400 milligrams of coffee a day (about 4 or 5 cups) is considered healthy. However, it’s recommended that you switch to decaf after you drink 3 cups of caffeinated coffee in a day.  

Cheers to sipping our way to better health, one rich cup of black coffee at a time!

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