Coffee Better than Soda? Of Course!

  • April 25, 2012
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Coffee Better than Soda? Of Course!

People often have obsessions with one of those drinks, sometimes both. Coffee and soda can be found everywhere, and are enjoyed by people around the world. Unfortunately, they don’t act on your body in the same way. In fact, many studies point at coffee being the winner, at least from a health standpoint. One recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, confirms that coffee can in fact help save your life, by reducing the chance that you would get a stroke. On the other hand, soda increases that chance, so they stand at opposite sides of the coin here.

So, it’s not a big surprise. Coffee is good for you, while soda isn’t. Even when it’s low calorie soda cans, it doesn’t matter much. Whether there’s a lot of sugar in your soda, or a bit less, it’s still not very good for your health, and in particular your heart and cardiac system. Because of this sugar, the risk of getting a stroke goes up, while coffee on the other hand is free of the nasty ingredients in soda, and instead contains some natural substances that does the opposite, and decreases that chance. This study seems solid as well, going over 30 years and more than 100,000 people who drank either soda, coffee, or both, and measuring their actual results. Trends got analyzed, and the results came out in the report, which shows pretty convincingly which of the two habits you should adopt.

Soda also has other bad side effects. People who drank more than one can of soda per day were more likely to suffer from higher cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, both being linked with the higher chance of a stroke. So what makes coffee so good? Most studies seem to point at lignans, chlorogenic acids, magnesium and other antioxidants that can be found in various brands of coffee. Whether you take yours black, green, or with milk, it doesn’t really matter, you’re always going to find some of those good ingredients. What you should avoid however is adding the bad ingredients, like salt or sugar. After all, you wouldn’t want to turn this coffee into a soda. Also, while this was about just one particular drink, that doesn’t mean this one change in your diet suddenly ensures long and healthy living. You still need to get a healthy diet to go along with that.

Note that while the study goes after generic soda brands, those filled with sugar, it’s mostly this one ingredient that’s to blame, and you don’t have to start thinking a triple mocha latte with syrup and whipped cream is suddenly good for you. Any meal with a lot of added sugar is likely to result in the same thing as the soda cans from this test. So in the mean time, if you get thirsty, drink some coffee. It’s good for you.

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