Many Toronto moms have a daily coffee habit. This isn’t surprising when you consider how many Toronto kids have a waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night habit. It also isn’t surprising when you consider how lovely it can be to enjoy some quiet time after the kids are asleep, which can lead to parents staying up later than they probably should. If you’re a daily coffee drinker, and you’ve been feeling a little guilty about it, today we’re here to absolve you of that guilt. It turns out that there are actually lots of health benefits that come from drinking coffee, according to Harvard, Lifehacker and Authority Nutrition. Today we’re sharing just four of those health benefits with you.
Four Health Benefits From Drinking Coffee
Antioxidants are good for you, offering health benefits like cardiovascular protection. Coffee has lots of antioxidants, as well as lots of other nutrients like B vitamins and potassium. In fact, most of us get more antioxidants from coffee than we get from fruit or veggies. Should we be eating more leafy greens? Of course. But that doesn’t mean all those antioxidants in coffee aren’t good for us.
2. Clear Thinking
One of the biggest reasons that most of us drink coffee is for a caffeine hit. Caffeine boosts energy, helping to reduce sluggishness in general, including sluggish thinking. Drinking coffee can also improve your mood, reaction time and memory. This isn’t surprising – after all, this is why we have a hard time getting started in the morning without our coffee. Keep in mind, though, that everyone wins when you’re at your best, including your kids. You’re actually doing your family a favour by drinking coffee!
3. Diabetes and Body Weight
Research suggests that your coffee habit can increase your resting metabolism rate. This means you burn more calories, which results in a lower body weight. Coffee also lowers your blood sugar. These two effects combine to not only help you maintain a healthy body weight, but to reduce your risk of diabetes. What’s not to love about that?
4. Cancer Fighter
Studies suggest that coffee may be a cancer fighter. Drinking coffee has been tied to lower rates of many types of cancer, including liver, colon, breast and rectal cancers. It’s not a guarantee, but anything you can do to reduce your odds of getting cancer is good, right? It’s just one more reason to feel good about indulging.
This article was sponsored by Doi Chaang Coffee. It’s delicious, but is it ethically made? This is a question more people are asking when they shop – and one coffee company is going ‘beyond fair trade’ to cover the bases. The Canadian Doi Chaang Coffee Company is 50% owned by its farmers – the indigenous Akha Hill Tribe of Doi Chang Village in Northern Thailand, where the company purchases its beans. Farmers are paid in excess of the recommended Fair Trade prices. As a result, they have had steady access to running water, electricity and improved infrastructure since the Canadian company was founded in 2006.Ontario coffee lovers will be able to try Doi Chaang’s four new Certified Organic and Fair Trade 340 g blends; Social Medium, Hardwired, Espress-Yoself! and Chillin’ at all FreshCo locations. FreshCo will also carry the company’s innovative biodegradable Keurig®-compatible aroma cups, which are available in Hardwired and Social Medium.