Not only is coffee delicious and gives us the extra push we need in the mornings, new research indicates that it helps lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, which is a threat for many older Americans.
A recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reports that drinking coffee can lower a person’s risk for Type 2 diabetes. Those who reported that they drank three to four cups of coffee per day had a 25% lower risk of diabetes than those who drank two or fewer cups per day. This data indicates an association between caffeine and a risk of diabetes. Based on data available on the antioxidant content of foods and food consumption data, coffee has been found to contribute more antioxidants compared with any other dietary component.
Researchers tell us that coffee may be our best source of antioxidants. The findings by Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage. His team analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. They then used Agriculture Department data on typical food consumption patterns to calculate how much antioxidant each food contributes to a person’s diet. The study concluded that the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily.
So next time you have your morning coffee, remember that it is not only tasty but also good for you! At Home Care Assistance Columbus, we help keep our clients and their families up to date on findings like these so that we all can stay happier and healthier — at home.
A Cup o’ Joe can do more than keep you awake.