Robert Paugh
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Is coffee healthy to drink?

Note: this post has been updated in February 2021.

What is Coffee?

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. When coffee berries turn from green to bright red in color – indicating ripeness – they are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and then brewed with near-boiling water to produce the beverage known as coffee. - via Coffee From Wikipedia. The question we are looking at "is coffee healthy to drink" and I will provide some pros and cons so you can come to your own decision.

History of coffee

The folks over at Page One Coffee has recently put together an article which is an extensive guide on The History of Coffee.  The article is full of great information on the subject and a fascinating read which provides lots of interesting tidbits on coffee. Another great source I found is called the The Ultimate Guide To the History Coffee and covers the history is a different way as the whole blog is dedicated to coffee.

Do you drink coffee?

The National Coffee Association produced a study this year and found that 64% of Americans drink coffee. Furthermore, 79% of people drinking coffee within the past day brewed coffee at home, compared to 75% in 2017 and 84% in 2012. It seems as though more people are starting to move towards making their coffee at home as opposed to going and purchasing it at a coffee shop (sorry Starbucks, but people are starting to opt for being their own baristas at home). - via Coffee Statistics 2020 U.S.

Interesting News

I have some in interesting good news for you. The opinions have changes over the years and is seems that most all health professionals agrees that coffee may be good for your health. However, several concerns here. I don't want to burst your bubble when you drink your 20 ounce latte with whole milk, a sweetener and added favors. That is not what is met by drinking a cup of coffee that is healthy for you.

The latte below, looks appealing and has a great taste (vanilla spice latte), however, it may not be a healthy coffee choice!

The cup of coffee below, looks great and has a great taste, and is a healthy choice!

Is coffee healthy to drink

I have been alerted to an excellent post on the Coffee Abode where the writer discusses the pros and cons of drinking coffee. The post is called the 10 Pros And Cons Of Coffee Everyone Should Probably Be Aware Of. Check it out, I am sure you will find it very interesting.

Dr. Mercola has had a change of position on coffee, see below.

In fact, it's beginning to look like coffee—at least in moderation—may have a number of unrecognized health-promoting properties. As a result of the rather impressive list of therapeutic benefits, I've changed my recommendations about coffee.
Mounting Evidence Suggests Coffee May Actually Have Therapeutic Health Benefits. - via  Mounting Evidence Suggests Coffee May Actually Have Therapeutic Health Benefits
Is coffee good or bad for me?
Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it — good or bad? The best answer may be that for most people the health benefits outweigh the risks. - via  Is coffee good or bad for me?
Until recently, you wouldn’t have expected to see coffee listed as a health food. For decades, we’ve been advised to drink less of it. But now, it turns out, that advice may have been wrong.  In fact,there’s a lot of evidence that coffee brings a stunning array of health benefits(though it’s definitely not for everyone). Surprising Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food.  - via Surprising Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food

What to do with Coffee grounds

I think most people dump the coffee grounds into the trash and it ends up in the land fill. Coffee grounds can make good compost material.  Coffee grounds can be a very useful organic material. But composting them is only a good idea with certain caveats. Elizabeth Waddington has written an article on the proper way to compost coffee grounds called Composting With Coffee Grounds – The Ultimate Guide

Time to Take Action

Whether you’re already a convert and just want a dietary reboot, or you’re trying a plant-based diet for the first time The Forks Over Knives Plan makes it easier than ever to transition to this healthiest way of eating…and to maintain it for life. Below are other great resources that will help you get on the right track.

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Do you agree or disagree that coffee may be good for you? How would you answer the question is coffee healthy? The key here is a cup of black coffee, no sugars or creams! What changes — for better or worse — have you experienced if you’ve tried drinking good healthy coffee?

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