The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Is one of America’s favorite drinks healthy or not?

The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Coffee is one of America’s favorite beverages. Approximately 65 percent of Americans start their mornings with a cup of joe and the average American drinks up to three cups per day. So is this daily caffeine habit part of a healthy diet or should you be cutting back?

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Pro: May Reduce Risk of Disease

Numerous observational studies by researchers have found that coffee may help lower the risk of developing a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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