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Coffee can't be blamed for raising your risk of breast cancer. That tall, dark and hot cup of wake-up juice that you may depend upon may be giving you a caffeine rush, or it may be the tame decaff version, but the coffee itself won't make you more susceptible to breast, pancreas, or kidney cancers. So if you start your New Year's morning with a jolt of joe, don't worry - unless you aren't drinking smart.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has studied coffee and it's possible link to cancer development. Your morning swig of java contains several beneficial components, including antioxidants, vitamin B2, as well as anti-carcinogenic enzymes. It can have a protective power against colorectal cancer and help regulate estrogen metabolism.
But there's a dark side to coffee drinks. The extra goodies that we add to the brew may be hurting our health without our even knowing it. The cream, extra sweeteners, sugary flavorings, and whipped toppings pack in additional calories - and that leads to more pounds. Or as an old friend of mine used to say, "What goes over the lips goes onto the hips!" Just as we are getting ready for a new year and celebrating with holiday flavored coffee drinks, we don't stop to think what's packed into that luscious cup. We're talking about fat. That beautiful mound of cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup atop your sweetened coffee treat may look good, but if you keep knocking those back, your figure will suffer. You would need to hike around the track for about an hour and a half to burn off an average of 350 calories that most of those pretty drinks would pack.
So AICR suggests you drink smart this year - have the low-fat and low-calorie drinks instead of the fancy and fashionable coffee fantasies. For extra flavor without the additional weight gain, add a little dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves or allspice to your java jump-start. Lastly, instead of using extra time, gas, and money - brew your own healthy coffee at home, and take it with you in a pretty cup. A skinny drink is a healthier drink, and that's a good gift to yourself for the New Year!
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