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?

Watch: What’s Really Inside Your Coffee Cup?

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.

Watch: How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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