Is Coffee Healthier Than a Smoothie?

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Coffee has become more and more of a “necessary” part of my life than anything else.  As a parent, it’s difficult to go without it when you have a 6am wake up call and bed rest at midnight. During the day, you chase and follow your little one around, do what you can to help keep your sanity, and try your best to get some work in between any chaos you run into.

coffee-photo-by-Owen-BishopI’m an occasional health freak. Meaning, I get into it, get tired of it or lose self-control, and go right back into my bad habits.  Over the past few months, I’ve had many issues with my muscles and overall health. I often blame it on the coffee and the fact that I might be too dependent on it for my daily survival.  Deep down, I think it’s just the addiction and the comfort of taste and smell for me.

The whole point is, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to cut my coffee addiction. Then today, my husband emailed me an interesting article that actually reported a cohort study of coffee drinkers who had much healthier effects than those who drank smoothies. Funny thing is, the whole thing made absolute sense!

A cohort study is a study made over several periods and not just one moment in time. This makes sense, right? After all, we do hear others telling us how much time changes “all the time.”

What about coffee?

  • Antioxidants ~ Coffees are known to be a great source of antioxidants (the opposite of rusting away or damage).
  • Antidepressant ~ According to the article and July 2, 2013 post on The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, a cohort study determined that there was a higher rate of suicides among those who drank very little to no coffee compared to those who drank 2 to 4 cups per day. The guess is that coffee releases neurotransmitters in the brain that improves a person’s mood.

Of course these coffee drinks are limited to good old-fashioned coffees more than the ones filled with sugar  and lots of calories that our sweet flavor buds love.

What about smoothies?

Smoothies are often made with processed fruit or fruit that’s already been stripped of fiber and all the beneficial vitamins. Once it’s all mashed into a drink, it turns into a glass full of sugar and high carbohydrate mixture. Hello “high sugar rush!”

Study shows that eating fruit, rather than drinking it had less risk of diabetes and even rectal cancer! Wow!

So those of you are thinking of cutting back on coffee drinking … might want to cease and desist 🙂