Diet Devil or Super Bean?

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Coffee was once touted as a diet devil, a guilty pleasure or treat that many would admit to just the one cup a day. These days research is showing that the caffeine diet devil may in fact be a super bean and having a couple of cups per day may not only not cause health problems but may very well be quite good for you. Hooray hooray!

Coffee Pros:
• A milk coffee provides around a serve of calcium-rich dairy
• Fresh ground coffee beans are high in antioxidants
• It may be protective against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and some liver conditions
• It may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
• It can improved physical endurance

Coffee Cons:
• It’s addictive
• What you add makes all the difference – sugar, full fat milk, syrups and artificial sweeteners. Some coffee orders can be the same calories as a substantial meal
• Caffeine should be limited for: pregnant women and people with high blood pressure

A safe, general intake of caffeine is around 400mg per day but everyone has a different threshold.
Instant coffee 150mL cup = 60-100mg caffeine
Espresso coffee (1 shot) = 40-90mg caffeine
Drip percolated 150mL cup = 100-150mg caffeine
Decaf coffee = 3mg caffeine