Coffee Nutrition

Coffee Nutrition
Is coffee good for you? Is it bad for you? As they say, everything in moderation, but if the most recent reports are to be believed, coffee is a healthy drink.

Antioxidants are substances that either remove oxidizing agents or slow damage to the cells of the body by oxygen or free radicals. Free radicals can come from the normal breakdown of foods in the body (like sugars for energy), medications, or heavy metals or smoke from pollutants.

Coffee is said to be rich in antioxidants making it a beneficial addition to your diet.

There are other studies which have shown moderate consumption coffee can reduce the risk of certain diseases. It appears coffee can lessen the chances of developing cancer of the colon (by 25%) and liver as well as the risk of cirrhosis (by 80%), type 2 diabetes, gallstones (by 50%), and Parkinsonís disease (by 80%). There is no agreed to amount of coffee one must drink for these benefits, but 3 to 5 cups per day is widely considered a moderate amount. Donít forget decaffeinated coffee. Two cups of decaf per day can lessen the risk of colorectal cancer by 50% compared to caffeinated tea or coffee.

Additional Benefits
In addition to disease, coffee can help fight fatigue, increase athletic performance, stop headaches, improve your mood, and even reduce cavities. In fact, the more than 19,000 studies on coffee have shown that it is much healthier than it is unhealthy. Because coffee is made up of 95% water, it is now even considered to be part of the amount of fluids you should drink in a day. The diuretic effects are more minimal than once was thought. Lastly, not too long ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed coffee from the list of possible carcinogens.

Nutritional Information
So exactly what nutritional value does coffee have? Letís take a look. A 12-ounce (340 gram) cup of coffee has:

Nutrient Unit 12-oz Cup
Water g 338
Energy kcal 7
Protein g 1
Fat g 0
Carbohydrate g .78
Fiber g 0
Sugar g 0
Calcium mg 7
Iron mg .07
Magnesium mg 14
Phosphorus mg 10
Potassium mg 170
Sodium mg 3
Zinc mg .07
Vitamin C mg 0
Thiamin mg .068
Riboflavin mg 0
Niacin mg 2.72
Vitamin B6 mg 0
Folate Ķg 0
Vitamin B12 Ķg 0
Vitamin A Ķg 0
Vitamin E Ķg 0
Vitamin D IU 0
Vitamin K Ķg 0
Saturated Fats g 0
Monounsaturated Fats g 0
Polyunsaturated Fats g 0
Cholesterol mg 0
Caffeine g VARIES

USDA National Nutrient Database

Granted, those numbers are for black coffee with no sweetener. Once you start adding in your syrups, creamers, and any other modifiers (hereís looking at those high-priced coffee shops), you can actually get up to as many calories as a full meal! Remember, everything in moderation.

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