Posts Tagged ‘HealthWise Coffee’

Can Coffee Help Keep You Honest?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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We know coffee has many health benefits for our bodies, but what about when it comes to our personalities? A new study by three college professors actually shows that drinking coffee can keep you more honest!

Researchers found that two cups of coffee can make workers more ethical. The study’s co-author Michael Christian said people often think of the “best” employees in a workplace as ones who are working nonstop. However, those are the ones who are often making the worst ethical choices. Being sleep-deprived or not thinking clearly can affect decisions, and caffeine can give those tired individuals the extra energy they need to resist that unethical behavior.

During the study, two groups of volunteers were kept awake all night. In the morning, one group was given a placebo piece of gum, while another was given gum laced with 200 mg of caffeine (about 2 cups of coffee worth). Both groups were then encouraged to go along with a lie in order to earn some extra money, in order to replicate a workplace situation where someone was asked to cut corners. As for the results, those with the placebo (no caffeine) showed a marked willingness to go along with the deception versus those who ingested the caffeine. It appears that caffeine can help strengthen your will power and control when you’re exhausted.

In terms of the workplace, this study shows that employers who want to reduce the chance of unethical behavior should make sure people aren’t working too many hours, and even suggests nap rooms! Most Americans sleep about 5.5 hours per night, on average, and the clinical definition of sleep deprivation is anything under seven hours.

This study was published in the March issue of Journal of Applied Psychology and you can read more here!

Coffee Sip Size Can Affect Flavor

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Are you a coffee sipper or gulper? One study shows that taking larger sips of coffee give the best flavor, since more aroma is released compared to during smaller sips. The study looked at “sip volume” and found that larger sips have a higher aroma releases. The researchers were from the University of Naples and pointed out the well-known correlation between smell and taste, and that one can have a significant impact on the other.

This advice does go against that for other drinks, such as wine, where people are advised to take small sips to get the maximum flavor and aroma. These findings were published in the journal “Food Research International.”

Coffee May Help with Liver Disease

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Evidence is showing that coffee may prevent and mitigate liver disease, even among people who may not realize they have the disease. Several studies spanning the past 15-20 years have shown that coffee helps prevent liver inflammation, which is often tied to Hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. It’s unclear whether caffeine or other ingredients of coffee are responsible for the benefits, but one study in Japan showed that green tea failed to have the same effects.

Obesity is a leading cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which many Americans have but don’t realize, up to 10-15% of the population. Usually liver diseases don’t show symptoms until the liver actually fails, though.  While coffee alone can’t treat liver disease, consuming a moderate daily amount of unsweetened coffee is a reasonable therapy option. Read more here!

Coffee Helping Research for Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

For new medications for the treatment of Parkinson’s to Dementia, scientists are looking to coffee! Caffeine, the world’s most widely used drug, can do more than just wake people up. Various studies have linked caffeine to improvements in memory and protection against the destruction of brain cells. One study found that people who drank more than two cups of coffee per day had a 40% lower risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.

Some drug companies have been designing drugs to replicate these benefits, but the challenge is to go beyond to achieve a more powerful effect without side effects like jitters or headaches.  At least five large studies have shown that consuming more caffeine can help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. In one rat study, chronic consumption of caffeine prevented the loss of nerve cells.

Parkinson’s is a disease that progressively impairs body movement, coordination, and speech, and drug developers are focusing on the way caffeine targets an area called the basal ganglia, which plays a key role in movement.  The goal is to improve movement in Parkinson’s patients who are already taking medication to control tremors and stiffness. While the approach has been difficult to get right, it is promising!

Read more here.

Five Food Substitutions for Healthier Cooking and Eating

Friday, March 7th, 2014

1.       Applesauce for oil, butter or sugar.

Applesauce is a healthy baker’s best friend. Not only does it add sweetness to recipes, but it does with significantly fewer calories than sugar. Without butter, you’re cutting saturated fat from baked goods like muffins, breads, and brownies. Apples also have the benefit of added fiber.

2.       Nonfat Greek yogurt for mayo or sour cream.

Nonfat Greek yogurt has far fewer calories and fat than mayonnaise or sour cream, but has a similar consistency. By making the swap, you can cut the fat while adding extra protein.

3.       Mashed avocado for butter or oil in baking

The fats found in avocados are actually good for you. Like olive oil and nuts, avocados are high in monounsaturated “good” fats, which help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels and protect your heart. In contrast, solid fats like butter are high in saturated fats that raise your cholesterol levels and risk of disease.

4.       Zucchini ribbons or Spaghetti Squash for pasta

Use a vegetable peeler to make long, thin, noodle-like slices of zucchini or spaghetti squash. Skip the boiling and bake or sauté the “noodles” for a few minutes. You can use the veggies in side dishes or to replace high-carb pasta in dishes like lasagna.

5.       Soda water for Tonic water

If you’re drinking cocktails, ask the bartender for soda water instead of tonic. Tonic water is high in sugar, while soda water contains none. Also consider adding less juice and more soda water to fruity drinks to cut your sugar content.

Essential Nutrients in Coffee

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Coffee is more than just a caffeinated beverage! Many of the nutrients in coffee beans do actually make it into the final drink. A 16 oz. mug of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.

HealthWise Coffee also has higher than average mineral contents of Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Zinc due to our TechnoRoasting process.  HealthWise also has dozens of trace minerals in its coffees.  These micro-nutrients are essential for promoting normal growth and development.  Some examples include Boron, which promotes normal growth, and maintains proper levels of steroid hormones; Molybdenum, which promotes normal growth and reproductive capability; Selenium, which can protect against Mercury poisoning, and mitigate against muscle pain, weakness and heart disease.

5 Ways to Make Your Coffee Healthier

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Coffee is naturally a healthy beverage, and is the leading provider of antioxidants in the US diet. Here are some tips to get the most benefit out of your coffee:

1. Don’t Load Your Coffee with Sugar

Sugar, in addition to adding unnecessary calories to your drink, is also bad for teeth and has been linked to diseases like Diabetes. If you must have some sugar in your coffee, Stevia is a better option.

2. Avoid Low-Fat and Artificial Creamers

Commercial low-fat and artificial creamers (and sweeteners) tend to be highly processed and may contain unnatural, harmful ingredients. Some of these include high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.  If you want to add a creamer, try a full-fat cream, and preferably organic. Studies have shown that high-fat dairy products are actually associated with a reduced risk of obesity.

3. Add Some Cocoa

Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants and is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease. Try adding a little cocoa to your cup for added sweetness.

4. Add Some Cinnamon

Cinnamon mixes very well with the flavor of coffee, and has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides in diabetics. Try it out!

5. No Caffeine Late in the Day

Drinking coffee late in the day can interfere with our sleep, since it’s a stimulant and gives us a jolt of energy. Poor sleep can cause several problems, so if you can, choose Swiss Water Decaf. Depending on your sensitivity, 2-3 pm is a good guideline for caffeine cutoff

February: American Heart Month

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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February is American Heart Month!  Did you know that drinking coffeeis healthy for your heart? Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reviewed five studies that analyzed the relationship between coffee consumption and heart failure risk. Of the 140,000 participants in the studies, those who regularly drank two 8-ounce cups of coffee had an 11% lower risk of heart failure than those who didn’t drink it.

Researchers think the preventative aspect comes from coffee’s healthy compounds like antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of Type IIDiabetes (a known risk factor for heart failure).

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but fortunately it is preventable and controllable.  The CDC has some great resources for staying healthy and preventing Heart Disease available here.

What is Swiss Water Decaf?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Caffeine is a naturally-occurring substance that occurs in more than sixty plant species worldwide. Many food and beverage products made from these plants contain varying amounts of caffeine.  Coffee is, not surprisingly, is one of them.  One typical cup of coffee contains 120-180 mg of caffeine, while a decaf cup of coffee contains between 2 and 6 mg.  So, even though decaf coffee is much lower in caffeine, it does still contain small amounts.

In the US, coffee must have 97% of caffeine removed to be considered decaf. However, in Canada and the rest of the international community, that number is higher at 99.9% caffeine-free as the recognized standard.

There are several reasons why people may choose to drink decaffeinated coffee, but did you know there are varying processes for how the caffeine is removed? Many processes actually use chemical solvents like ethyl acetate or methylene chloride to strip caffeine molecules from the coffee bean. Fortunately, there is an option that is 100% chemical-free and Certified Organic: the SWISS WATER® Process. This process removes 99.9% of caffeine, without compromising bean quality or taste.  All beans undergo regular audits to verify the caffeine has actually been removed to this level.

The SWISS WATER® Process is also eco-friendly, and uses pristine water from the mountains in British Colombia, Canada, to gently remove caffeine from coffee beans.  The way to tell if your decaf coffee has been decaffeinated using this process is to look for the SWISS WATER® seal on its packaging.

So, in a nutshell, the SWISS WATER® process is a chemical-free, highly effective, and eco-friendly process for decaffeinating coffee.  HealthWise Decaf Coffee is decaffeinated using this process and is the only low-acid coffee decaffeinated without the use of chemicals!

Coffee Consumption and Dehydration

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

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Despite what you may think, a new study shows that moderate coffee consumption does not cause people to become dehydrated. This research was conducted to the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee.

The study involved having 50 men drink four mugs of black coffee or four mugs of water each day for three days. After a 10 day “wash out” period, the men swapped beverages and tried the other.  University of Birmingham School of Sport and Exercise Sciences researchers analyzed the hydration status of the participants after both the water and coffee drinking periods by looking at their total body water and body mass. There were no significant differences between either group, and there were also no differences in urine volume or concentration.

Researchers conducted the study to evaluate the persistent myth that coffee causes dehydration because caffeine can act as a diuretic, and that past research had been inconclusive. The Mayo Clinic has pointed out in the past that normal consumption of caffeinated drinks can actually contribute to daily fluid requirements!