I’ve decided to re-post or share some wonderful recipes in my blog, as well as experiences, precious anecdotes, and what ever else’s worth save-guarding, noting and remembering.
It’s truly amazing how a “dawwning” beverage can affect the day. I refer to none other than my favorite indulgence on mornings; a wonderful cup of coffee. Not only is it’s delicious taste to be enjoyed but also the health benefits from an amazing cuppa.
According to Harvard Health Publications,
Here’s some of the mostly good news about coffee:
Blood pressure. Results from long-term studies are showing that coffee may not increase the risk for high blood pressure over time, as previously thought. Study findings for other cardiovascular effects are a mixed bag.
Cancer. Coffee might have anti-cancer properties. Last year, researchers found that coffee drinkers were 50% less likely to get liver cancer than nondrinkers. A few studies have found ties to lower rates of colon, breast, and rectal cancers.
Cholesterol. Two substances in coffee — kahweol and cafestol — raise cholesterol levels. Paper filters capture these substances, but that doesn’t help the many people who now drink non-filtered coffee drinks, such as lattes. Researchers have also found a link between cholesterol increases and decaffeinated coffee, possibly because of the type of bean used to make certain decaffeinated coffees.
Diabetes. Heavy coffee drinkers may be half as likely to get diabetes as light drinkers or nondrinkers. Coffee may contain chemicals that lower blood sugar. A coffee habit may also increase your resting metabolism rate, which could help keep diabetes at bay.
Parkinson’s disease. Coffee seems to protect men, but not women, against Parkinson’s disease. One possible explanation for the sex difference may be that estrogen and caffeine need the same enzymes to be metabolized, and estrogen captures those enzymes.
There are many ways to make a good cup of coffee. This is an adopted approach that I find very satisfying.
1 1/2 cups coffee
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
White or brown sugar, to taste
Pour the coffee over the cinnamon stick, cloves, and allspice in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Strain into cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add white or brown sugar to taste.
Variation: Omit the cinnamon stick and allspice and substitute 2 strips each of orange and lemon peel, use 10 cloves instead of 2. Proceed as directed above.
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