If you regularly read our blog, you know we take every opportunity to post good news about coffee. As far as we’re concerned, any reason to sip a cup’a is a good one.
Ladies and gentlemen, reason #1001 as to why coffee is winning at everything it does:
It has a newly discovered superpower.
Coffee can improve overall health while fighting obesity.
Add to that the proven facts that it can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and increase focus and endurance all the while increasing longevity, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide superfood.
Well, super drink, if you will.
This new information about it improving overall health while simultaneously fighting obesity was released just this week. A study out of the University of Nottingham examined the link between coffee consumption and “brown fat” stimulation in humans.
Wait a minute.” What’s brown fat?” you ask.
Quick biology lesson-
Your body has two kinds of fat:
1) White Adipose Tissue (WAT) which stores energy. It’s the fat in us that we hang onto in case of famine. It’s the fat our body can store in huge amounts. It’s the kind of fat that actually makes us look fat if we have too much of it.
2) Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) which moderates your body chemistry to keep you healthy. BAT is responsible for improving our body’s ability to increase bone health and density, hormone production, handle blood sugar, build lean muscle mass, and burn WAT more efficiently.
The issue with BAT is that adults don’t have a lot of it (Babies have the most. They use it for growing.) and it only works when it’s activated.
According to the study out of the University of Nottingham, drinking coffee efficiently activates our BAT.
To put it plainly, BAT heats up our WAT.
In turn, coffee literally burns unwanted fat.
Professor Michael Symonds, lead author of the study excitedly states, “This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions. The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society, and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic, and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution.”
This is groundbreaking stuff!
It shouldn’t have to be said, but we’ll say it anyway:
Don’t load your super coffee down with sugars and syrups and creamers. All of that junk will annihilate any health benefits you would get from the natural goodness of coffee. If you must have flavorings and enhancers in your java, use all natural, organic, naturally sourced options.
Consider nut milks, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, and almond or vanilla extracts. You could sweeten it up a bit with some stevia, honey, or monk fruit.
While you’re letting all this sink in, go grab yourself another cup of Joe. And then another!