Dr Oz: Health Benefits Of Coffee
So you love coffee but what if you learned that it can actually improve your health? Pretty exciting news, right? Nutrition expert Dr. Bob Arnot was thrilled to join Dr Oz to explain why he believes coffee just may be the healthiest indulgence if your day. Dr Arnot has written fifteen books on nutrition and now Dr Arnot is sharing his research on the health benefits of the most popular drink in the world after water: coffee.
Dr Oz: Researching The Benefits Of Coffee
Dr Arnot traveled across the world in search of the healthiest coffee beans, then studied how to roast and grind the beans to preserve the most important health compounds: polyphenols. After conducting tests both in his lab and with real-life test subjects, Dr Arnot perfected “the brewing blueprint” to help you lose weight, feel energized without the jitters, boost your mood, and ward off the most feared diseases. Dr Arnot was now willing to share his secrets for picking the best beans without going broke, while maximizing the health benefits of your morning cup of coffee.
Dr Oz: Can Coffee Improve Your Health?
According to Dr Arnot, a large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at a group of coffee drinkers who didn’t participate in any behaviors that were negatively associated with health such as eating too much, drinking, eating red meat, not exercising, etc. They found a 15% decrease in all caused death for women and 10% for men. That meant that heart attack, stroke, diabetes, neurological disease, and more all decreased, which proved that drinking coffee just may be the single best thing many of us can do for our health.
Dr Oz: How Much Coffee Should You Drink?
As you drink anywhere from one or more cups of coffee a day, the risk of all caused death decreases. Basically, the more coffee you drink, the better. But it should also be noted that decaf coffee counts as well, so you could drink one cup of regular coffee and five cups of decaf coffee each day, if you wanted to see the benefits.
As Dr Arnot stated, as many cups of coffee a day as you want is great, you just want to be careful not to overdo the caffeine or else you can wreck your sleep and make you more anxious. However, it’s important that you drink a high-quality decaf coffee with high levels of polyphenols.
Dr Oz: Light Roast VS Dark Roast Coffee
Dr Oz shared that he was actually surprised by how much Dr Arnot was a fan of light roast coffee. With Dr Oz, he looked at nine different roasts, ranging from the lightest to the darkest. In the lab, they looked for polyphenols. They started with the lightest roast, about 380 degrees, and found that the polyphenol levels were sky-high, which means the benefits were too. When you look at the same beans, the darker the roast, the less the polyphenols.
Dr Oz tried the darkest roast, which Dr Arnot revealed, according to one of the reviews tastes like burnt wood and wet newspaper with traces of petroleum. Dr Oz had to literally spit it out when he tried it! As Dr Arnot explained, when you get to the super dark roasts, you’re no longer tasting the bean, but instead the burnt roast. Light roast, high in polyphenols, boosts your mood and decreases your risk of depression.
Dr Oz: What Do You Add To Your Coffee?
Linda and Crystal from the Bite Club as well as Rhenotha tried both a light roast and a dark roast and agreed that the light roast tasted significantly better than the dark roast. Rhenotha admitted that she drinks coffee because it helps her poop and when she drinks it, she usually adds a ton of flavored creamer.
Dr Arnot pointed out that the biggest mistake we make when it comes to our coffee is what we put in it. We can add up to 600 calories from cream and sugar alone! Fortunately, they make roasts with all the flavors you want so you don’t even need those add-ins!
Dr Oz: Best Brands Of Coffee For Your Health
Dr Arnot looked at all the big brands of coffee in terms of polyphenol levels to reveal how they stack up and Dr Oz was thrilled to reveal the results. You can find those brands below, ranked from highest levels of polyphenols to the lowest.
- Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend
- LavAzza Kilimanjaro
- McDonalds decaf medium roast
- Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde
Believe it or not, coffee contains even more polyphenols than blueberries! When you look at what you buy in the grocery store, Dunkin’ Donuts was best, but you may find local artisan coffee that’s even better.