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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is an incredible resource for people trying to find a simple explanation of how to eat healthier. They come out every 5 years and the newest version is due to come out this year and has some pretty neat recommendations. Granted, some are controversial like their advice on cutting down how much red meat people should consume, but these are guidelines with quite a lot of research associated with it.  I actually agree with whole lot of what they have to say (especially the sugar portion!!)

One of the most amazing things I read that is new to this years advice, is the evidence associated with coffee consumption.  I am super happy to report that drinking a moderate amount of coffee (3 to 5 cups per day) does not seem to have long term health risks! It can even, possibly, help with certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s.  It’s coffee time in my household!

 

This is really some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time.  I’m also happy to say that they made a distinction about what you put into your coffee stating that the added sugars that most mix in are no good for you.  There is also a section on added sugar for those that are curious :).

Click here to see the recommendations.  It isn’t quite laid out in a digestible format yet, but it’s on page 8 and I’ve quoted it for you.  Plus, below that are a couple of healthier coffee options for those just as excited as I am.

“In regard to food safety, updated and previously unexamined areas of food safety were studied. Currently, strong evidence shows that consumption of coffee within the moderate range (3 to 5 cups per day or up to 400 mg/d caffeine) is not associated with increased long-term health risks among healthy individuals. In fact, consistent evidence indicates that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults. Moreover, moderate evidence shows a protective association between caffeine intake and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, along with other healthful behaviors. However, it should be noted that coffee as it is normally consumed can contain added calories from cream, milk, and added sugars. Care should be taken to minimize the amount of calories from added sugars and high-fat dairy or dairy substitutes added to coffee.”

Healthy Coffee Drinks:

  • Black :) – it had to be said

So, that’s pretty mean to just have black coffee listed but it all gets pretty loaded in sugar quickly after this.  Just like alcohol, coffee drinks load up on empty calories (calories that don’t provide sustenance or vitamins).  Please add your favorite flavors, because I know you will, sparingly and please stay away from overloaded drinks at those wonderful coffee shops!  Try almond milk, honey, maple syrup or even xylitol.  Remember portion control, nothing is a free-for-all.

Enjoy! I will.

 

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