You gotta love coffee. From its dark deliciousness to its jolt of energy, this bitter brew is indeed loved by Americans. (We drink 400 million cups of it a day in the U.S., more than in any other country.)
But good for you? That seemed to be too much to ask. In fact, for years, it had somewhat of a bad reputation–probably because it seemed to be the insomnia-causing beverage most likely to be downed by smokers.
However, recent research is piling up that yes, something we love and drink a ton of, can be good for us too. Yeah! (How often does that happen?)
So here are 10 great reasons to drink a cup of joe this Sunday, which happens to be National Coffee Day. Some are pragmatic (free coffee!) others are for your health.
1. Krispy Kreme is giving away freebies. Get a free 12-ounce coffee at Krispy Kreme locations on Sunday. And if you like the fancier brews, pay just a $1 to get pumpkin-spiced latte, or any 12-ounce mocha, latte, or iced coffee. No purchase necessary.
2. Coffee can boost your brainpower. Drinking a cup of coffee has been linked to positive emotions, as well as an ability to sharpen memory and keep you alert. It may even fend off aging, as animal research suggests that caffeine may help protect against the muscle loss that naturally occurs over time.
3. You can get free cup from Dunkin' Donuts. Download an app from Dunkin' Donuts (available on iPhones and Androids) and get a free small hot or iced Dunkin' Donuts coffee at participating restaurants. You can also get discounted bags of coffee and K-Cup packs.
4. Coffee may reduce Parkinson's risk. Research suggests that coffee drinkers have an 80% lower risk of Parkinson's disease compared to non-drinkers, and caffeine may be the protective factor.
5. You can get a free 16-ounce coffee from Wawa. Here's the link to get your free coffee from Wawa; plug in your email address and they will send you a coupon for the freebie.
6. Coffee can keep you slim. Not only can coffee give your workout a boost, the caffeine can speed up metabolism and fat burning. Black coffee is also one of the lowest-calorie beverages around.
7. Buy one get one free at Tim Hortons. If you buy a cup of coffee at Tim Hortons on Sunday and say "Happy National Coffee Day" to your server, you get a second cup free.
8. Coffee has antioxidants. That's right, they're not just for superfoods. Coffee also contains antioxidants, the protective compounds that can mop up free radicals (cell-damaging byproducts of metabolism).
9. You can try Ethiopian coffee at Starbucks. You can knock back a sample of Starbucks' Ethiopian coffee for free on Sunday.
10. Coffee may lower the risk of stroke and diabetes. Japanese researchers have found that drinking one cup of coffee a day is associated with a 20% lower risk of stroke, and coffee drinking is also linked to a 25% or more lower risk of diabetes in several studies.Health World
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Today is Friday the 13th, a day known for bad luck and superstitions. But this year it also happens to be National Celiac Awareness Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about celiac disease, a severe and damaging gluten intolerance that can be bad news for people who have it.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks and damages the digestive tract in response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It's a challenging disease, because gluten can lurk in countless foods and products (including cosmetics).
About 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, but 83% don't know it or have been misdiagnosed. The symptoms can range widely and include fatigue, diarrhea, bloating, infertility, constipation, joint pain, and more.
If you have celiac disease, avoiding gluten is the only way to keep your digestive tract free from damage. Although gluten-free diets are popular, many people avoid gluten for other reasons. Some may have gluten sensitivity, which is less severe than celiac disease, but can still cause bloating, diarrhea, and cramping. (Although some people go gluten free to lose weight, it probably won't work. Check out the 5 Worst Gluten-Free Mistakes.)
However, if you have gluten intolerance, you CAN have your cake and eat it too.
Here are 5 delicious gluten-free meals that you’ll love:
Shrimp and Snow Pea Sitr-Fry
Ingredients: Shrimp, garlic, snow peas, parsley, green onions, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper.
Try this recipe: Shrimp and Snow Pea Sitr-Fry
Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
Ingredients: Olive oil, cocoa powder, water, vanilla extract, almond meal, baking soda, salt, sugar, eggs.
Try this recipe: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
Ingredients: Chicken breast halves, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, taco seasoning.
Try this recipe: Jalapeno Chicken
Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Stew
Ingredients: Cannellini beans, plum tomatoes, fat-free less-sodium chicken broth, baby spinach leaves, rotisserie chicken breast, onion, minced garlic, thyme, olive oil
Try this recipe: Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Stew
Roasted Asparagus on Parmesan Polenta
Ingredients: Asparagus, red onion, mushrooms, olive oil, water, salt, cornmeal, Parmesan cheese, chives, lemon juice.
Try this recipe: Roasted Asparagus on Parmesan Polenta
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Your body is made up of mostly water, about 60%. And water, as opposed to sugary drinks and over-caffeinated beverages, is great for your health; it's the original zero-calorie drink.
But we also know that plain ol' water is sometimes, well, boring. (Sorry, H2O). If you want a beverage with more of an edge, jazz up your favorite healthy drink with these mixes and flavors.
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Put down those saucer cups and get chugging, tea is officially awesome for our health. Before loading up on Red Zinger, make sure that "tea" is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal “tea”) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea.
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But what real tea lacks in variety, it makes up for with some serious health benefits. Researchers attribute tea’s health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidants) and phytochemicals. Though most studies have focused on the better-known green and black teas, white and oolong also bring benefits to the table. Read on to find out why coffee's little cousin rocks our health.
Why Tea Is (Healthy and) Awesome
1. Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists found the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
2. Drinking tea might reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases 2.
3. The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate, and oral cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body: Tea might not be a miracle cure, after all. While more studies than not suggest that tea has cancer-fighting benefits, current research on cancer is mixed.
4. Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective—and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.
5. Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).
6. Drinking tea can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age, and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
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