Coffee is one of those love it or hate it subjects. While some people swear it wreaks havoc on your system, studies are actually starting to unveil that drinking coffee (especially organic coffee) has some very real health benefits. If you’ve been on the fence and you’re considering going organic, this post is for you.
WHAT MAKES ORGANIC COFFEE DIFFERENT?
To be labelled USDA Organic, coffee beans must be grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, fertilizers made from non-organic materials, or growth hormones. This means that if you buy organic, you can rest assured your morning joe is free from toxic ingredients that are harmful to you and the environment.
COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
As with anything, too much coffee is no good (unless you enjoy the jitters). But in moderation, studies have shown that coffee can do some great things for your bod. Here are a few examples:
- The caffeine in coffee beans stimulates the brain in a way that improves memory, mood, and energy levels.
- Caffeine can boost metabolism and increase fat burn. A cup of black coffee is an awesome, affordable pre-workout drink.
- Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This is likely due to the fact that coffee regulates blood sugar levels.
- Coffee beans contain small amounts of riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin. Consuming essential nutrients, even in small amounts, is a great way to increase your health.
- Studies show that coffee can help prevent Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and some kinds of cancer.
- Coffee is a superfood! It contains a huge amount of antioxidants. Even more so than fruits and veggies combined.
WHY GO ORGANIC?
It’s true, the health benefits listed above are present even in non-organic coffee beans. The trouble is, farming beans with chemical fertilizers can diminish those benefits greatly, not to mention the chemicals that are being put into your body and the earth. So in order to maximize coffee’s potential for you and the environment, go organic or go home.
Furthermore, organic coffee is often linked to fair trade practices. Because organic farms are more expensive to run, it’s difficult to do so large scale. This means small, organic coffee farms are generally undercut by larger, non-organic farms with cheaper operating costs.
Fair trade groups protect small farms from being driven off their land by big coffee corporations and ensure the little guy is getting paid fairly. So you see, shelling out an extra couple bucks for fair trade organic coffee beans isn’t just benefiting you.
So what are you waiting for? Hit up your local Whole Foods and do some organic coffee shopping. And while you’re there, be sure to pick up some VerMints to keep coffee breath at bay.
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