AUI has a great monthly newsletter entitled Live Well, Work Well that is available to all AUI clients upon request. We wanted to take a minute to share one of the articles from this month:
Coffee has an unfortunate reputation for causing many health problems—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. For most people, the health benefits actually outweigh the risks.
Why the change of heart? Earlier studies didn’t always take into account that high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and physical inactivity, tend to be more common among heavy coffee drinkers. If you take those unhealthy habits out of the equation, there is actually a healthy relationship between coffee consumption and decreased overall mortality.
Furthermore, that cup of coffee could actually protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease—including liver cancer. It also appears to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression.
There are exceptions, though. Drinking too much unfiltered coffee may cause elevated cholesterol levels. Plus, some people have difficulty metabolizing coffee and could be at higher risk for heart disease as a result.
Although coffee may have fewer risks than benefits, keep in mind that other beverages, such as milk and some fruit juices, contain nutrients that coffee does not. Also, adding cream and sugar to your coffee adds more fat and calories.