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Why You Should Drink Black Filter Coffee After Lunch

Why You Should Drink Black Filter Coffee After Lunch

Sometimes, we eat, drink, or buy things just because we like to. Drinking coffee, for instance. Like millions on the planet, I like to enjoy a cup of black coffee after lunch. Now I’ve stumbled upon a study that tells me I am doing my health a favor by drinking that cuppa!

I know what you are thinking: what’s the big deal there? Almost everyone knows what a recharging effect coffee has on a tired mind. But in addition to boosting metabolism and waking up the brain, coffee does something more–particularly when taken after lunch. It becomes an effective barrier against diabetes.

Again, the link between coffee and insulin-regulation has been quite firmly established for a while now. Harvard researchers studied 126,000 people for 18 long years, and found incontrovertible evidence that compared to people who do not drink coffee: those who consume one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce their risk of diabetes by up to 10 percent. Having six cups or more each day slashed menís diabetes risk by 54 percent and women’s by 30 percent over those who abstain from it.

But what’s more interesting is that a team of researchers from Brazil and France has found that coffee’s ability to process glucose through your system is most potent in the middle of the day! Which means that your post-lunch fix of java helps bring down blood sugar levels more effectively. Scientists used a 125 ml cup for this study, which is a much smaller serving than you get in coffee shops. This information was published in Woman and Home magazine. I also found it corroborated by Dr. Mike Roizen, MD.

The star antioxidant in coffee is†chlorogenic acid, which quells inflammation, reduces glucose absorption, and improves the way your body utilizes insulin. Coffee also contains magnesium, which is known to regulate blood sugar.

For this to work, your coffee needs to be filter, not instant. You can have it with or without sugar, but don’t add milk.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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3:49PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

good to know

1:34AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Interesting to know, I like coffee once in a while, but am generally a herbal tea drinker.

If I do have coffee, it won't be without organic cream.

6:40AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014


7:57AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Gracias. Saludos.

5:53AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Other articles tell us if you drink 3 of more cups of coffee, you die much younger. Why no milk? Is it like with tea, the catechins don't work if you add milk. Thanks British relatives who taught me to always drink tea with milk.

8:04AM PST on Nov 14, 2013

One day you warn us against coffee, another you advice us to drink it.
You know what?
We should just never listen to science and drink coffee til we drop :)

8:30AM PST on Nov 12, 2013


11:45PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

I'm surprised that some Care2 readers drink "6 or more cups of coffee a day'. Many of us don't drink dairy milk - but it is not clear whether the use of alternative milks are also not recommended.

I'm sure Care2 has also published the wide use of child labour within the coffee industry and the hard labour with minimal income the coffee growers receive.
Perhaps people just don't care or perhaps they have learned to live with disturbed sleep patterns, etc. Nobody has expressed any concerns with these observations.

11:10PM PST on Nov 11, 2013


12:13PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Great to have some positive food news!

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