Since I spent so much of this week talking about the healthy habits that could save your life, I thought I’d spend today talking about an “unhealthy” habit that could actually do the same: your morning cup of coffee.
Because as I’ve shared here before, it’s not actually unhealthy at all. In fact, according to one recent study, it could be standing in between you and a future diabetes diagnosis.
Slash diabetes risk in half
Swedish researchers set out to investigate the links between coffee intake and type 2 diabetes risk. And if you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you’ll recall this isn’t the first time a study has explored this topic.
But this time, rather than relying on self-reporting of coffee intake, the scientists actually measured specific molecules in subjects’ blood—a technique called metabolomics—to assess for consumption of different types of coffee.
And as it turns out, their findings suggest that brewing technique matters a lot more than you might think.
Specifically, these biomarkers showed that subjects who drank two to three cups of filtered coffee daily had a 60 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than subjects who drank less than one cup daily. But get this: Boiled coffee—where ground coffee steeps in hot water without a filter—had no effect on diabetes risk at all.
Luckily, filtered coffee is the most common form of coffee prep in this country. Though I must point out, coffee pods and espresso both fall into category of “boiled coffee.” And if you rely on a French press to make your morning brew, this could be reason to consider switching things up.
Hold the milk and sugar
Now, as you may recall, I’m not a java drinker myself. (I already have more energy than I know what to do with.) But I always like sharing research like this because, let’s face it—coffee still has a pretty bad rap.
But there are obviously a lot of ways to prepare and drink that coffee—whether it’s decaf, instant, cold brewed, or from a percolator or espresso machine. These researchers didn’t explore those differences, so they can’t say for sure whether one type is superior to another.
They do speculate, however, that brewing with a filter may capture any potential heart-harming substances, leaving only the health-boosting phenolic compounds behind.
For now, the only way I’ll discourage you to drink your coffee is with milk and sugar. A little natural sweetener like Stevia is fine. But whatever you do, just say no to the fancy Frappuccinos and lattes.
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“Filtered coffee helps prevent type 2 diabetes, show biomarkers in blood samples.” Science Daily, 12/19/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191219214147.htm)