I’m often asked this question. My view is that it’s fine to have one cup of coffee per day, before noon, provided that the cup contains about five to six ounces (none of those giant-sized jolts of java, please).
Coffee’s health benefits may come from a substance called kahweol, a super-food with powerful antioxidant benefits. It’s the caffeine that’s controversial. If you metabolize caffeine slowly in the liver (this applies to people who are usually sensitive to medications) caffeine can have detrimental effects on the heart and blood pressure. If you metabolize caffeine quickly, you won’t have the same detrimental effect. However, caffeine does constrict blood flow to the brain and can affect sleep patterns if consumed later in the day.
Click here to learn more about the negative effects of too much caffeine.
Here’s one of my favorite morning brews which is really only 1/4 caffeinated. Adding coconut oil and ghee provides short- and medium-chain fatty acids to support gut health. It also makes the cappuccino creamy and creates some amazing foam. However, if you’re calorie conscious, simply eliminate the oils and you’ll reduce the calories by more than half:
Pumpkin Spice-Up Cappuccino
INGREDIENTS1 pot Organic 1/2 caffeinated coffee (1/2 regular coffee and 1/2 decaffeinated coffee for brewing)2 cups plain almond milk preferably unsweetened8 drops pumpkin flavored liquid stevia (Sweet Leaf brand is my favorite)1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1 tablespoon coconut oil1-2 teaspoons ghee (optional)cinnamon (optional)
Check out my selection of delicious and healthy coffee recipes in The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook.