Here is an interesting question…is it good to drink coffee, or not?
By golly, does anyone know?!
This is one of those things that has polar opposite opinions, kind of like, are you a democrat or a republican? Do you like dark or milk chocolate? Or how about cotton or poylester blends? You know, the important matters that can make or break a society.
It turns out the answer is not so black and latte.
According to Dr. Tom O’Bryan, author of
The Autoimmune Fix
, and world expert on gluten intolerance and autoimmune issues, his research shows that the answer is…get ready…
Oh, come on!!!!! (*?!@*% is what happens in my head. All too often.) On what?!
ON YOUR GENES.
Here’s the scoop. All of us has a gene called CYP1A2 which helps us break down toxic chemicals. It comes in two types, 1A and 1F. Our parents give us one or the other through their genetic material. With the 1A version, your likelihood of having a heart attack before the age of 50 is as follows:
less than a cup a day=no risk
1 cup per day=61% reduced risk
2-3 cups per day=65% reduced risk
4 cups per day-19% reduced risk.
So we can assume that for those with the CYP1A2 1A gene, it is beneficial to drink 1-3 cups of coffee a day.
However, for the unfortunate recipients of the 1F gene, here is the breakdown.
less than a cup a day=no increased risk
1 cup per day=112% increased risk
2-3 cups per day=143% increased risk
4 cups per day = 307% increased risk.
Yikes! NO COFFEE FOR YOU! Or at least drink less than a cup a day.
Now, I haven’t done any genetic testing for which group I belong to, so until I do, I only have coffee once in a while when I need heightened alertness, and focus (or I simply need to stay awake to drive). At one point in my life, especially when I was in college, I used to drink incredible amounts of java in order to stay awake and study. And, I’ll be honest, one of my favorite drinks is an iced mocha. Yum. So, I decided when I developed healthier eating habits to find alternatives to the sugar-laden, dairy-filled, addictive coffee drink of choice. Here is one option.
Estela’s Mexican Mocha Java
I brew up a cup of organic espresso in my Keurig. (best present my sons and husband have given me in the last 6 years.)
1/2 cup unsweetened macadamia milk OR coconut milk (canned) OR almond milk (I like Califia Farms cuz they use non GMO almonds)
dash of cinammon to taste
dash of cayenne pepper for a kick if desired
dash of sea salt
1/2 tsp of raw cacao
Blend in blender with a handful of ice cubes for a frothy cold treat, or heat the milk in a saucepan with the spices and cacao and add your coffee for the hot drink.
Helping you put your health puzzle back together when doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong,
Estela Roustan Streacker