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The Coffee Lover’s Diet is a new book by Dr. Bob Arnot that serves as a sort of primer to understanding coffee and all the benefits it can offer. One main benefit is the great metabolism boost and performance enhancement it provides, making it the perfect pre-workout drink to consume.
There are many other health benefits of consuming coffee, including:
• decrease in heart disease with each extra cup you drink
• improvement in endothelial function
• cancer prevention
• decreased risk of liver disease and neurogenerative diseases
• decreased risk of diabetes
• decrease in the amount of sugar and fats absorbed from a meal
Dr. Arnot explains that polyphenols in coffee are key to reducing inflammation, which is often the main driver of disease. Coffee is actually a top source of antioxidants.
This helps to explain why coffee quality matters. The greater the quality, the greater the health benefits. Dr. Arnot recommends choosing a coffee where the beans were grown in a high altitude location. One should also consider a light roast, fine grind, hot temperature, and a fairly long time for extraction. He also suggests going to a local roaster to find out where their beans are sourced. Coffee should be obtained in low volumes and should not be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Dr. Arnot warns that some people may have difficulty metabolizing caffeine. Consuming coffee may disturb sleep, pulse, and blood pressure, for example. Those in such a situation should consume one early morning cup containing a high dose of polyphenols or selecting a decaffeinated option.