Coffee: Yay Or Nay?

Category: Health  

Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet. While this is largely thanks to the depressingly low standard of fruit and vegetable consumption in the United States, it doesn’t diminish the potent antioxidant properties of coffee beans.

Studies have shown that- compared to non coffee drinkers- those who regularly consume coffee (in its unsweetened form) are less likely to have Type II Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Dementia. Coffee consumption is also associated with a lower risk for certain cancers. While researchers are not entirely sure why coffee consumption is associated with better health outcomes, many theorize that antioxidant content is at least partially responsible.

Long term reductions in disease and morbidity risk aside, what about coffee and weight loss?

Diet friend or foe?

More than two thirds of the US population is now overweight or obese. While no single food or beverage item is a panacea, there is clearly much to be learned about the effect of various foods and beverages on weight and obesity outcomes.

While unwanted weight gain may occur at any point in the average person’s lifespan, weight gain often becomes more severe with age. Age-related weight gain typically arises thanks to a combination of metabolism and lifestyle. While there is a moderate reduction in basal metabolic rate that accompanies the aging process, the larger determinants of weight gain are related to lifestyle.

As we age, we tend to become more sedentary: not only are we burning fewer Calories through exercise and activities of daily living, we’re also losing muscle. This muscle loss results in a lower metabolic rate and contributes to the hormonal dysfunction of insulin that makes weight difficult to lose. Studies have shown that regular coffee consumption is associated with a slower rate of weight gain throughout the aging process.

It’s important to remember that the benefits of coffee consumption do not extend to sweetened or highly Caloric coffee beverages, which have been shown to exacerbate weight gain.

How to consume coffee in a healthy matter?

First, it’s important to consider your risk for cardiovascular disease: certain individuals are at greater risk for high blood pressure with the consumption of caffeine, and should avoid caffeinated products. Always consult your doctor if you are at high risk for heart disease, or have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol.

If you’ve been given the greenlight for caffeine consumption, always choose simple, unsweetened coffee beverages over milk-based options or beverages with added sweetener.
Always check nutritional labels where possible, as even seemingly healthy sounding options can be deceiving.

A grande, nonfat Vanilla Latte from Starbucks, for example, contains 160 Calories and more than a day’s worth of added sugar. Meanwhile, black, unsweetened coffee or espresso contains a mere 5 Calories and 0g sugar.

Kickstart your metabolism into high gear

Codeage Exogenous Ketones capsules come in the form of BHB salts (beta-hydroxybutyric acid, also known as beta hydroxybutyrate). These BHBs are immediate sources of usable energy for your body. BHBs can be added to the ketones your body produces naturally through fasting, a ketogenic diet or independently.

Exogenous ketones are beta-hydroxybutyric acid allied to mineral salts that provide your body with ready to use ketones. Exogenous ketones may be a way to increase your ketone levels which may provide health benefits beyond its source of energy.

Coffee as an ergogenic aid

If you regularly engage in physical exercise, consider using coffee as an ergogenic aid rather than a preworkout or other performance-enhancing supplement. Ergogenic aids are substances that decrease perception of work, allowing you to exercise harder and longer, theoretically burning more Calories thanks to increased intensity and duration.