Moderation and Quality are Keys to Healthy Coffee Consumption
This is a great article talking about coffee consumption
My recommendation is to use coffee in moderation, limiting your consumption to a maximum of two or three cups per day, since most studies find no added health benefits (and potential harms) above this amount. When it comes to achieving therapeutic benefits from coffee, only quality coffee will do, however. Here are five primary considerations if you choose to drink coffee:
- Choose Organic: Coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticides-sprayed crops. So, you should select only coffee beans that are certified organic. Remember, you will obliterate any positive effects if you consume coffee that’s been doused in pesticides or other chemicals. Whenever possible, purchase sustainable “shade-grown” coffee to help prevent the continued destruction of our tropical rain forests and the birds that inhabit them. There are many who say shade-grown coffee tastes better as well.
- Whole Bean: You’ll want to purchase whole bean coffee that smells and tastes fresh, not stale; if your coffee does not have a pleasant aroma, it is likely rancid. Grind it yourself to prevent rancidity as pre-ground coffee may be rancid by the time you get it home.
- Drink It Black: If you’re interested in the health benefits, drink your coffee black, without sugar, cream, or flavorings. Add sugar and you’ll certainly ruin any of the benefits discussed above by spiking your insulin levels, which contributes to insulin resistance. Make sure the water you’re using is pure.
- Coffee Filters: If you use a “drip” coffee maker, be sure to use non-bleached filters. The bright white ones are chlorine-bleached, and some of this chlorine will leach from the filter during the brewing process. Bleached filters are also notoriously full of dangerous disinfection byproducts, such as dioxin.
- Coffee Mugs: Please be careful about the container you use. Avoid plastic cups as plastics chemicals may leach into your drink, and also avoid Styrofoam cups that can leach polystyrene molecules. Your best bets include glass and ceramic travel mugs. As an aside, many have now started using Keurig coffee makers, which brew a single cup at a time using small plastic coffee inserts. While the inserts claim to be BPA and phthalate-free, they may still contain other plastics chemicals, and will contribute to the ever-growing problem of non-biodegradable waste.