Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on September 8, 2008
Katie Holmes, the Olsen Twins, Ben Affleck, Britney Spears. These are just some of the svelte celebrities often papped with a Starbucks in their hand. They’re part of the 50 percent of Americans who enjoy a daily cup of coffee or two. After oil, it’s our nation’s primary lubricant. It wakes us up, fires our synapses and clears our olfactory senses. All good stuff. So why do some of us view coffee as a guilty pleasure? I personally have no idea.
It’s well documented that coffee can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, type two diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, gout and even tooth decay. Loaded with anti-oxidants, coffee also helps prevent “free radicals from forming cell damage” aka the big C. But now there’s also evidence that coffee can help you lose weight.
Provided your not adding ounces of caramel syrup or a gallon of full fat milk to your morning cup of joe, coffee is great for kick starting the metabolism. But did you know that green coffee beans not only increase metabolism but also speed up the body’s ability to burn fat? A 2006 study published in BioMed Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine, led by Hiroshi Shimoda, found that “people who consume 2.2 pounds per day of food containing .35 ounces of green coffee bean extract for 14 days could suppress their body weight by as much as 35 percent”. 35 percent? Wow! I’m not sure how many cups of coffee you’d need for that work (and I’m sure it would render the Olsen twins into negative pounds) but it seems like another great reason to take coffee off the guilty pleasure list. Which means more room on the list for crap TV and trashy magazines. A win win if you ask me.