Thumbs Up for Your Daily Coffee Break!

Coffee has been shown to have several benefits ranging from lowering your risk for dementia to decreasing your risk of sudden death. Now a new study looking at over 70,000 women found that those who consumed at least a cup of coffee with lunch were one-third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes over several years than non-coffee drinkers.

Coffee has been shown to have several benefits ranging from lowering your risk for dementia to decreasing your risk of sudden death. Now a new study looking at over 70,000 women found that those who consumed at least a cup of coffee with lunch were one-third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes over several years than non-coffee drinkers. 

The study looked at both caffeinated and non-caffeinated coffee. Important to note here is coffee is not defined as sugar, fat-laden frozen, iced or hot coffee concoctions found on your local coffee shop menu (think mocha java drink with whip cream). If you’re planning a coffee break around lunch time with the girls, go for it but stay away from coffee “drinks” and stick with a pure cup of Joe instead!


Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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