A trip to any big-box bath and kitchen store, and you’ll single-serve coffee makers out the wazoo. Starbucks recently threw their hat into the quick-brew market with their Verisimo system. The Nespresso system has popped up in more stores, and everywhere I turn I seem to find a Keurig of some sort. As a coffee lover, these hold the promise of a perfect cup of coffee on-demand. Some part of me, however, wondered if it would result in unhealthy levels of caffeine consumption.
Facts about coffee and caffeine:
• Good news: 200 to 300 milligrams (2-4 cups of coffee) per day is generally not harmful to your health. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
• According to Donald Hensrud, M.D. of The Mayo Clinic: “Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer.”
• The news isn’t all positive. Dr. Hensrud also warns: “High consumption of unfiltered coffee is associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels.”
So like all tasty things, it seems that coffee is still in the “enjoy in moderation” camp. Which is perfectly fine with me!
Not a fan of hot beverages but still like the taste of coffee? Here are a couple of healthy recipes that contain coffee for your enjoyment:
Are you a coffee fan? What’s your best way to enjoy it?