Coffee shops, in-home brewing options, and even Pinterest have moved coffee beyond the basics—making it more interesting to drink. Coffee has become one of the world’s most popular drinks and that may be a good thing. Emerging research indicates that coffee consumption provides health benefits—perhaps protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, and heart disease.
As in most things, more isn’t always better and moderation is key—2 or 3 cups (8 oz cups) seems to be the right amount to appreciate coffee’s health benefits. Drinking more than 4 cups may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if caffeine may interact with any medications you are taking. Some people are more sensitive to the negative effects of caffeine and should limit their intake.
Start your day with a bariatric-friendly cup of hot or cold java. Watch for recipes in the coming days or download Healthful Tips.