Whether you call it Joe, Mud, Java Juice, Black Gold, The Devil’s Cup, Go Beans, or any one of its other dozens of monikers, one thing is for sure. It’s safe to say coffee has more nicknames than any other beverage in existence.
We tend to do that with things we like. And coffee has a LOT of devoted fans… me included.
As I’ve explained many times before, there are PLENTY of reasons to like our favorite morning (afternoon and evening) brew that go way beyond its delicious flavor. Coffee is brimming with nutrients that are linked to bunches of health benefits from fighting free radicals to supporting brain function.
I’ll have a bit more on some of those other benefits in just a moment. But first I want to tell you about an exciting new study for all of the Java lovers out there.
We have one more reason to embrace our favorite brew. It turns out coffee could help us stay slim and trim.
In fact, researchers say coffee may contain “anti-obesity” compounds.
Coffee drinking linked to lower body and belly fat
Now, if you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader, this wouldn’t be the first time you’ve heard that coffee could help us fight the battle of the bulge. But this new study adds to the growing stack of evidence that those beautiful beans could help assure we can still fit in our favorite jeans.
Plus, the latest evidence shows that a regular coffee habit may help us target flab in one of the most troublesome spots of all. According to researchers, coffee could help raise a barrier against bothersome belly fat.
The team of researchers at Anglia Ruskin University quizzed study volunteers on their…
- daily coffee drinking habits
- body fat percentage
- belly fat percentage
And when they crunched the data, a distinct pattern emerged.
Women who indulged in two to three cups of coffee a day tended to have lower levels of body and belly fat than their coffee-shunning peers. And don’t despair guys, while the link wasn’t quite as strong for men as women, the pattern was still there.
Bunches of health benefits found in every mug
For the younger coffee-drinking ladies… those in the 20 to 44-year-old range… a two to three cup a day Java habit was linked to a 3.4 percent LOWER level of abdominal fat than non-coffee drinkers.
But the more mature gals, in the 45 to 69-year-old range, appeared to reap even bigger benefits. Older women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had 4.1 less belly bulge.
When averaged together, regardless of age, ladies who drank two to three cups a day of our favorite brew had an overall 2.8 percent lower total BODY fat percentage than those who didn’t drink coffee.
And men who drank coffee saw some body-fat rewards too. Guys 20 to 44 who drank two or three cups a day had 1.3 percent less total body fat and 1.8 percent less trunk fat.
Not a bad reward for treating ourselves to something we already love anyway. Plus, remember, staying slimmer and trimmer aren’t the only benefits you could find at the bottom of a delicious mug of nutrient-rich Joe.
Other research has linked coffee to lower risks of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, studies show coffee drinkers are 15 percent less likely to die prematurely, and 20 percent less likely to die of a heart attack. Experts say it’s the brew’s ability to fight inflammation… combined with the bunches of health-promoting nutrients you get in every sip… that is probably behind many of coffee’s benefits.
So go ahead and pour yourself another cup. Just skip the coffee-pod variety and go for an old-fashioned paper-filtered brew for the most benefits.