As if you needed another reason to drink more coffee …
Well, how about six?
Many people count on their java for a kickstart. But as it turns out, coffee can keep you healthier long after the caffeine wears off.
A new study published in the scientific journal Nature shows that drinking coffee can help protect against six different types of cancers.
This was the biggest meta-study (a "study of studies") ever done on the relationship between coffee and cancer.
The researchers reviewed data from 105 cancer studies and re-analyzed them.
Their studies showed that coffee intake can reduce the risk of oral/pharynx cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer and melanoma by 31%, 13%, 54%, 11%, 27% and 11%, respectively. That’s for the highest vs. lowest coffee intake.
These new findings only add to growing evidence that supports the many health benefits of coffee.
The nation’s top nutrition panel released its newest dietary recommendations not long ago.
And the group did something it had never done before …
It weighed in on whether people should drink coffee.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion came out and said moderate coffee consumption can be part of a healthy dietary pattern.
One warning here, though, is to be careful that you’re not adding high-calorie and/or high-fat creamers and sugars to your daily brew.
So, coffee lovers can rejoice. Not only can you keep drinking it, but there are reasons to suggest you should … up to five cups a day.
"We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits," said Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University and one of the committee’s members. "Specifically, when you’re drinking more than a couple cups per day."
Now, perhaps it’s because I enjoy coffee myself that I commend the ODPHP for a long-overdue recommendation of coffee.
But the government agency forgot to say that not just any type of coffee will do.
To really take advantage of the many health benefits that coffee offers, remember that the quality of your coffee matters.
That means making sure you drink only the highest-quality, lowest-toxin java you can get your hands on.
What kind of coffee should you drink?
It’s important your coffee beans are of the highest quality. That means doing some homework to find producers that target the lowest toxin content possible.
Toxins can alter the flavor of your coffee. But worse, they can take away the positive health effects … and even produce negative ones.
Ideally, the beans should be harvested from a single family-owned estate. Preferably one located 1,200 meters (about three-quarters of a mile) or more above sea level. Many coffee connoisseurs say that’s high enough to produce top-quality coffee.
Altitude isn’t everything, though. The estate where the coffee beans are grown should also not allow chemicals. (Herbicides, pesticides, etc.)
The coffee beans should be handpicked by experienced coffee harvesters. Skilled people who know how to pick only perfectly ripe berries.
Getting back to flavor for a moment …
Most coffee beans are processed by leaving them in the sun and elements to wither and dry. Either that, or they get pressed and left to ferment (spoil) to remove the outer layer of the bean.
This can enhance the flavor, but it also lowers the quality. That’s because both techniques are known to produce significant levels of mycotoxins.
High-quality, low-toxin beans should be mechanically processed right after they’ve been picked … and using only clean, cold water.
This process is more-expensive than regular coffee processing. But it’s also safer. That’s because it dramatically reduces harmful molds or bacteria from impacting your health.
And finally, the beans should be roasted in small batches under the strictest conditions. Roasting the beans enhances their antioxidant capacity and flavor to provide you with a healthier, tastier cup of coffee.
Now, that may sound like a tall order to fill just to make sure you’re drinking the right kind of coffee.
That’s why I’ve already found for you what I believe to be the highest-quality, lowest-toxin beans on the market. Below are three brands I most recommend when it comes to sourcing your coffee beans:
I have absolutely zero affiliation with any of these companies. I simply find them the best when it comes to bean quality.
We would love to know your favorite coffee brands, how you brew and any other fascinating details about your love for coffee. Leave us a comment with your favorite finds, too.
Just remember, sourcing your coffee beans is critical if you want to reap the many health benefits of coffee.
Happy and healthy investing,
Reference: Wang, A. et al. Coffee and cancer risk: A meta-analysis of prospective observational studies. Sci. Rep. 6, 33711; doi: 10.1038/srep33711 (2016).