Food & Wine

But First, Coffee: The Health Benefits of Coffee

1 November 2020 By Laura Shaughnessy
Aerial view of various coffee

Laura Shaughnessy is the former managing editor at Dockwalk. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, there are plenty of reasons why coffee is good for you: aside from caffeine, your favorite coffee beverage is full of antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Not only could drinking the right amount of coffee help you live longer, but some studies show that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, or suffer a stroke. By drinking coffee, you may even protect against heart failure and your liver may be better protected than those who abstain from it.

So, if you want to heat things up a bit, here are a few other kinds of coffee to try:

  • Snapchilled coffee: You’ve heard of cold brew; this is a process that takes coffee that was already brewed hot and then was rapidly cooled in minutes. Doing so extracts added flavors and aroma.
  • Healthy coffees: In certain cafés, they’ve added a bigger variety of coffee blends, such as coffee with collagen creamers, mushroom coffee, and maca lattes. Part of the appeal of these coffees is that they cater to gut health, immunity, speeding up your metabolism, and more.
  • Coffee-Cola drinks: In January, Coca-Cola will launch a ready-to-drink 12-ounce coffee product called Coca-Cola with Coffee. They’ll combine the taste of Coke with Brazilian coffee into three flavors: vanilla, caramel, and dark blend.

This column is taken from the November 2020 issue of Dockwalk.


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