Coffee and Weight Control: Is There a Link?

Discover the many benefits of coffee—and whether this popular beverage can promote weight loss.

Coffee and Weight Control: Is There a Link?

In the Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld drives around with colleagues like Ricky Gervais (in a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000), Kristen Wiig (a 1964 Volvo) and Aziz Ansari (a souped-up Prevost tour bus) and stops for some Joe with jokes.

But coffee is no joke. This beloved pick-me-up (Americans drink 400 million cups a day) has many health benefits—particularly when it comes to the battle of the bulge. Researchers published a study in Scientific Reports that looked at coffee’s effect on cells in a dish and on humans. They found some component(s) of caffeinated coffee help turn energy-storing white fat into energy—burning brown fat. That leads to improved blood sugar control, lower levels of lousy LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and burning of extra calories to promote weight loss.

Add that to the other recognized benefits of coffee and you’ve got a cuppa goodness—if you don’t load it up with sugar-added flavorings and full-fat dairy. Three to four cups of black coffee (or with soy or almond milk) a day has been found to up longevity, and some studies show it can reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, uterine and liver cancer, cirrhosis and gout.

And for you de-caf and half-caf folks (eight ounces of decaffeinated coffee can contain 2-15mg of caffeine; regular coffee has 80-100mg), there are still recognized benefits to your heart, brain and liver from two to four cups daily. Enjoy!

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