What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee?
Coffee has gained a reputation as being bad for one’s health. However, coffee has actually been proven to have some positive benefits. Coffee can prevent memory loss and lower the risk of some types of cancers. However, caffeine can increase the symptoms of IBS so you should only drink decaffeinated coffee if your stomach is sensitive or you have difficulties with insomnia.
Espresso is a more concentrated form of coffee than brewed coffee. It is often used as the base for lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee drinks. When compared in similar quantities, espresso has a higher caffeine content than regular coffee, even though the portions are smaller for espresso. For example, a one ounce single shot of espresso has roughly 50 mg of caffeine, while an ounce of coffee has only about 20 mg of caffeine. However, the majority of people drink at least an eight-ounce cup of coffee, which then makes them take in 100 mg or more of caffeine.
Caffeine can cause IBS symptoms to increase. Caffeine also contributes to insomnia, PMS symptoms and migraine headaches. Espresso does not get filtered and can increase the levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol, which means that you should only enjoy it sparingly if you have high cholesterol.
Many coffee drinks that are made using espresso are also high in fat and calories because flavored syrups, milk and whipped cream are added. You should drink cappuccinos and lattes that are made only with skim or one percent low-fat milk. You should also avoid adding sugar.
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