“Light and mellow…nutty with a caramel finish.”
This delightful blend of lightly roasted and dark roasted beans is one of many options at Planet Bean, a Guelph roastery that carries certified fair trade and organic gourmet coffees.
Like many Guelphites, I’m impressed and inspired by Planet Bean’s vision and mission to create the best-tasting coffee. Their innovative business model measures success in financial terms and in their ability to advance organic production and improve the planet’s health.
While I don’t consider myself a heavy coffee drinker, I enjoy two to three cups each morning, well within Health Canada’s recommendation of no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine each day. (An average eight-ounce cup has 95 milligrams.)
Here are seven ways that coffee can positively impact our health. (Source: John Hopkins)
- Researchers found that coffee drinkers—decaf or regular—were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
- The caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Caffeine has been linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease. It may also help those with the condition better control their movements.
- Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure.
- Coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.
- Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands. While this breakage occurs naturally, it can lead to tumors if not repaired by your cells.
- Drinking at least one cup of coffee a day is associated with lowered stroke risk, the fourth leading cause of female deaths.
Note: Too much caffeinated coffee can increase heart rate, raise blood pressure, and cause insomnia.