Coffee

If you’re like 54% of Americans, you enjoy coffee on a daily basis. And that could be a good thing.

Is Coffee a Health Food?

In fact, java is a good source of antioxidants. And recent research shows it helps to reduce inflammation and may guard against a number of chronic diseases including diabetes.

Coffee is thought to have hailed from Ethiopia and is now produced mainly in Brazil and Colombia. Composed of either a single type of coffee bean or a blend of several varieties of bean (called “blended”). Blended coffee has a richer, more complex flavor than single-bean coffees. Naturally, the coffee bean contains caffeine, as well as a compound called cafestol.

How to Choose the Healthiest Coffee

Because coffee beans are a crop that is treated heavily with pesticides, it is important to choose organic, shade-grown coffee.

Selecting and Storing Coffee

To assure the freshest, most flavorful brew, buy fresh coffee beans and grind them as needed. Store whole roasted beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Becasue room-temperature ground coffee begins to go stale within a couple of days after it`s ground, it should be refrigerated in an airtight container and stored up to 2 weeks.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.


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