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Some like it sweet, others like it black—and a few like it with butter (I’ll get to that in a second). This post is all about coffee. Get your morning brew and WAKE UP!

I think coffee gets a bad rap sometimes. I am constantly hearing people tell me, “I should cut back on my coffee.” Which for most people, might be a good thing if they are overly caffeinated and feeling jittery. Also, if your “coffee” is really a sugar-laden excuse for dessert for breakfast, then you are probably right—you should cut back on “coffee.” However, a cup or two or three a day (of coffee) has great health benefits. Believe it or not, coffee is one of the leading sources of antioxidants for Americans (somewhat due to the sheer amount we drink). Coffee increases cognitive performance and memory, it helps to metabolize fat, it helps with depression and it aids in digestion. It even helps with exercise endurance (try some before those 2 hour spin rides). Also, coffee has also been studied to protect against diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s and some cancers! 

Back to the butter in coffee thing. People are calling it “bullet-proof” coffee. The idea is to put a couple tablespoons of butter in your coffee and drink it for breakfast. I’ve never tried it, but probably will soon just to see what all the hype is about. My biggest piece of advice is to make sure that this drink doesn’t replace your breakfast. If you just drink the coffee without any food, you are missing out on an opportunity to maximize nutrition. You’re missing out on protein, fiber, carbohydrates and other nutrients to start your day right. And if you’re wondering about if saturated fat in butter is bad for you, it probably isn’t. But this is a whole other topic that I will write about soon. Saturated fat just like any other nutrient should and can be eaten in moderation. 


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