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  1. If consumed straight-up (black), it’s extremely low in calories, increases your metabolic rate, and even aids in the breakdown of fats for faster release into the blood, which helps you lose fat faster.
  2. It lowers your odds of having type 2 diabetes for every additional cup of coffee drunk daily. The benefits are from certain minerals which regulate blood sugar levels.
  3. Due to its high levels of antioxidants, on par with blueberries and pomegranates, coffee can actually protect and increase cognitive function.
  4. A lowered risk of stroke for those who drink two or more cups of coffee daily.

***Another great fact about coffee is #5. YES you can drink your morning coffee while pregnant. It seems as if the word is spread anecdotally among women that coffee endangers the life of their growing fetus, but that is just not true…the first trimester is hard already…why make it worse when you don’t have to. Check out our other post on the caffeine content of coffee and tea. 

So, although you can drink coffee during pregnancy, try not to consume more than 12 oz. a day. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), moderate caffeine intake doesn’t appear to have any major effects on causing miscarriage, premature delivery, or fetal growth.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305711002024

Cunha and Agostinho, 2010
R.A. Cunha, P.M. Agostinho
Chronic caffeine consumption prevents memory disturbance in different animal models of memory decline
J Alzheimers Dis, 20 (2010), pp. 95–116