The Health Benefits of Coffee and a Few Recipes to Keep You Going


Coffee. I’m the only coffee drinker in my family. My grandma indoctrinated me at a young age, sharing her cup of warm liquid when I was but two years old. To some, this may look like a weakness. However, after having returned in the last three years to the caffeinated beverage after an eight-year hiatus, I’m happy to hear that my creamy cup of jo has health benefits. Health benefits that I intend to shove in the face of anyone who challenges whether I can curl up with a cup whenever I please.

Yes, that’s right. It turns out that there are benefits to drinking a moderate amount of coffee each day (2-6 cups depending on the study), and the good folks at Friends Eat were kind enough to lay them out for us. So, on to the facts and a few recipes to help you get your coffee in each day.

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  • Iced Coffee with Coffee Cubes 1 of 9
    Iced Coffee with Coffee Cubes
    So, apparently, coffee consumption (that 2.2 cups a day) is "associated with reduced fibrosis compared to lesser amounts or no caffeine intake" for people with chronic liver disease. Pass the ice cubes and a bit of cold coffee, please. Read the study.
    Make a Iced Coffee with Coffee Cubes
  • Coffee Milkshake 2 of 9
    Coffee Milkshake
    Drinking a milkshake will make almost anyone's day a bit better, but adding caffeine may actually increase your mood fix. Studies show that the risk of depression in women decreases as coffee consumption increases. That's what I call a good reason to indulge! Read the study.
    Make a Coffee Milkshake
  • Caramel Macchiato 3 of 9
    Caramel Macchiato
    I know a morning cup of coffee can help keep you going for the day, but can it help keep you going in the future, too? Drinking coffee on a regular basis has been linked to a lower risk for Type 2 diabetes, which sounds like a good reason for me to keep starting my mornings with a cup of jo. Read the study.
    Make a Caramel Macchiato
  • Vanilla Iced Coffee 4 of 9
    Vanilla Iced Coffee
    Men, are you afraid of "the cancer"? You know the one, the one that has implications to your manhood? Well, a new study shows men who drink coffee regularly may have a "60% lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer" than men who don't drink coffee at all. This relationship between coffee and prostate cancer marks the first lifestyle factor that's been identified for prostate cancer. Read the study and get more facts.
    Make a Vanilla Iced Coffee
  • Easy Mocha 5 of 9
    Easy Mocha
    In the middle of winter, a warm mocha takes the place of hot chocolate for many coffee drinkers, but can that caffeinated kick be worth more? A study shows men who drank coffee had a "significantly lower risk of Parkinson's disease death" than their less-caffeinated counterparts. Read the study.
    Make a Easy Mocha
  • Espresso Shooters 6 of 9
    Espresso Shooters
    Consider these little ice cream and espresso shooters like a shot of medicine, a delicious one that keeps your blood flowing and your risk for a stroke low. "Drinking one to five cups of coffee per day reduces your risk of having a stroke by as much as 25 percent." Read the study.
    Make Espresso Shooters
  • Mocha Frappuccino 7 of 9
    Mocha Frappuccino
    A cool and refreshing frappuccino in the summer can help cool you off and keep you at a lower risk for skin cancer. Moles make you more prone to skin cancer, but coffee can reduce your risk of basal cell carcinoma? I'll take an umbrella and a mocha frappuccino poolside, please. Read the study.
    Make a Mocha Frappuccino
  • Peppermint Latte 8 of 9
    Peppermint Latte
    Winter means cold and grey, and if you suffer from depression, it can be even more grey. Studies have long shown a relationship between depression in women and coffee consumption. So that peppermint latte may do more than just warm you up, it may help take some of the grey away, too. Read the study.
    Make a Peppermint Latte
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte 9 of 9
    Pumpkin Spice Latte
    Have I convinced you to drink your coffee yet? Check out Friends Eat for more benefits of coffee consumption, while curled up with a sweet mug of seasonal happiness.
    Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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