Coffee talk. Can we talk?

Please tell me someone got that reference.  I’m not the only person who watched SNL in the ‘90s, right??  Awesome.


So, coffee.  Coffee is one of those topics, at least in the nutrition world, that can get confusing.  Is it good for you or is it to be avoided like the plague?  I like to go to the science when I weigh in on a potentially divisive topic and I’ve got lots of it when it comes to coffee.


Back in May I attended Dr. Andrew Weil’s nutrition and health conference in Dallas, Texas.  It was filled with presentations by leading scientists in the field.  One such scientist was Dr. Frank Hu who is a professor of Nutrition & Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.  He’s a really smart guy. Dr. Hu presented a study that caught my attention.


Hold on to your hats.  This is good stuff.  In the study they found that those who had increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day over a four-year period had an 11% LOWER RISK of having type 2 diabetes.  Got that? That is HUGE!!  If they drank MORE coffee than they had been, they LOWERED their risk of diabetes.


That’s not all.  Participants who decreased their consumption by more than a cup a day were at a 17% GREATER RISK of having type 2 diabetes.  Let me say that again.  If they CUT their coffee intake, they RAISED their risk of Type 2 Diabetes.  Science graph:




This was not the case for tea or for decaffeinated coffee, though.  Hmmm.  Wonder why?  Well one hypothesis Dr. Hu threw out during the presentation was that it could have something to do with the chlorogenic acid found in coffee which is a potent antioxidant.  Tea does not contain it, and through the decaffeination process, decaf coffee loses much of it.  Interesting, right?


Wait – there’s more!


Coffee drinkers also have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Yep.  That scary disease that is on the rise?  A study published in the Journal Of Alzheimer’s Disease found that people who drank coffee have a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Now THAT is interesting information.  And the sweet spot in most of the studies I’ve looked at is 3-5 8-ounce cups of coffee PER DAY.  Not occasionally drinking coffee.  Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee every day.   Here’s your graph:




Now, I want to be very clear.  I am NOT talking about this kind of “coffee”:



That is not coffee.  That is a milkshake, people.  Don’t fool yourselves.  If you buy a grande Carmel Flan Frappucino from Starbucks, you are drinking 390 calories and a whopping 60g of sugar.  60 grams!!!!!  That is 15 teaspoons of sugar.  15 teaspoons!  OF SUGAR!  So bad.  So, so bad.  Nope.  Not talking about that.  I’m talking about regular coffee.  Black with maybe some half & half or some whole milk or some almond milk.  That’s it.  Nothing else.


In case anyone is still reading, the recipe today is for Cold Brew Coffee.  Not really a recipe, more instructions.  Many possibilities abound on the Internet, but I purchased this contraption which cuts out many of the steps in some of the DIY-style methods.  Why Cold Brew Coffee?  This method extracts the wonderful flavor of the coffee bean without the bitter acids and fatty oils.  I love it.  Very smooth and refreshing.

Ready?  Here you go:

  1. Fill it with cold filtered water.
  2. Place fresh, coarsely ground coffee in the filter basket.
  3. Pour more cold filtered water over the grounds until the container is filled.
  4. Let it sit in your refrigerator from anywhere to 12-24 hours and, voila!  Coffee.

Now this coffee is concentrated, so it is meant to be diluted.  Drink this straight and you just may be up for days.  Not recommended.

If you have any questions or comments or have your own favorite cold brew recipe, I’d love to hear from you!

Eat well.




5 thoughts on “Coffee talk. Can we talk?

  1. Hi Nicole,
    What do you think of the “Bullet Proof” coffee trend where you put grassfed butter and coconut oil in your morning cuppa?

    1. I’ve tried it and did not like it. I do agree that there are benefits to consuming both grassfed butter and coconut oil, however I choose to do it in other ways. To each his own!

  2. Great article Nicole…. I have a coffee house down the street from Catz Pasadena (Copa Vida) and we would love to have you over for a “healthy” cup of coffee one of these days. We have a unique Cold Brew preparation/serving method and couldn’t agree more with your assessment about the “milkshake”. We do have a lot of healthier alternatives that can be sweet and delicious and would love to share with you!

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