Coffee has a high level of antioxidants thanks to its’ high levels of a special acid, which gives a protective action against type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It has been shown to slow down the natural decline of the cerebral function in the elderly according to the latest studies NFI (Nutritional Foundation of Italy). It is also a powerful antioxidant to counteract the free radicals in the human body.
Coffee is the most consumed beverage around the world, with a variable of consumption from country to country but has been shown to have about 24 pounds per person per year in Finland, to 4 lbs per yr. per person in the UK to 12 lbs per year per person in Italy (figures from the International Coffee Organization).
It is a great daily habit to have -of course everything in moderation. Even decaffeinated coffee was shown to have some antioxidant properties.
But to keep that cup of cappuccino healthy use only skim milk or low fat milk if possible and only a small amount of sugar or sweetener.
Here is one of my favorite coffee recipes:
2 cups of espresso coffee
4 tblsps sugar or sugar substitute
1/2 cup skimmed milk
½ cup low fat or no-fat vanilla ice cream
2 cups chopped ice
1 tblsp amaretto flavored or almond flavored syrup
Place all ingredients in a blender. Serve in 4 chilled glasses.
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Ciao for now!