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Coffee Versus Wine –The Great Debate: Which One is Healthier for the Heart?

Experts tend to go back-and-forth regarding the health benefits (or lack thereof) of both coffee and wine, annually, confusing those who regularly consume either drink. One thing we can all agree on, whether you opt for java or crushed grapes, both drinks are delicious! That said, science supports the positives for both, but there are also studies as to why neither may be good for you. We decided to take a closer look at the case for both.

The Case for Coffee

A recent report states that caffeinated coffee may be of benefit to your ticker. That is right, drinking one or more cups has been linked to a reduced risk of heart failure! Though, the other side of the fence will argue that it causes jitteriness, headaches, caffeine addiction, high blood pressure, and other possible health issues. Which study is correct? It is up to you to decide for yourself.

Now, there are some caveats to these studies. Specifically, your daily cup(s) of Joe need to be black, with no additives and filtered. Additionally, coffee consumed filtered, or through a paper filter, was indeed healthier than not drinking coffee at all. In case-of studies, people had the lowest mortality rate when drinking 1-4 cups of filtered coffee each day. Those who had 3-4 cups-per-day were found to be most healthy because of the links to lowering risks of metabolic, neurological and organ disorders, as well as many types of cancer too. There are also reports that coffee is beneficial in reducing one’s risk of multiple sclerosis, Type-2 diabetes, prostate cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

The American Heart Association (AMA) found that filtered coffee can help boost your mood, improve exercise performance, circulation and enhance mental focus as well. How you brew your coffee is important. For those who boil or use French or Turkish styles, you can be prone to low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol. The parchment in filtered coffee makes for a lifeline as it can trap compounds, like kahweol and cafestol, which otherwise can peak triglyceride levels. For those of you who feel it necessary to French press, try doing a pour-over instead.

That is good, but you knew the bad was coming, and here it is. Coffee with additives, like creamers, sugars, and other high-calorie options can neutralize all heart-boosting or health-advancing benefits. Plus, for the women, consuming multiple cups of coffee each day can not only affect your sleep patterns, but if you are prone to fractures, you may be at higher risk and, if pregnant, could lead to possible risks of preterm births or low weight babies too.

At the end of the day, feel free to enjoy coffee in moderation. When incorporated into a heart-healthy diet, your most-vital organ can only function that much better.

The Case for Wine

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the most common and popular plans practiced today, because of its emphasis on consuming heart-healthy foods, but one of the staples is wine! However, a new report states that drinking just one small glass on a daily basis can be detrimental to the heart. Which one is it? Look, we hear you. It all depends on how you define your own health.

Previously, it was encouraged that a daily 4oz glass of wine was great to help ward off heart disease and protect your heart, but the new study challenges that notion.

Let us back up for a second and focus on what type of healthful properties reside in wine. Red wine, for instance, has phytochemicals, about 200 unique and differing types, which all include resveratrol, a potentially life-extending compound. These ingredients, stripped from the grapes, have been linked to anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-clotting and antioxidant properties, all great things for our bodies.

The wine debate has been ongoing for years now, which can be frustrating, because it pairs so well with charcuterie boards, consisting of numerous types of cheese, olives, and other healthy foods. Similarly, the drink is also a social and cultural staple as well. Now, similar to that of coffee, a little is better than not, as studies have found those how moderately drink wine have lower propensity of developing cardiovascular disease than those who do not drink at all.

There are some precautions you can take, if you are one of the ones leaning the other way, but do not want to give up your wine. You can always reach for a wine spritzer, which is wine mixed in sparkling water, a dry red, which is highest in resveratrol, or even low- to no-sugar wines as well.

It is inevitable, there will always be contradicting reports for some of your favorite foods and drinks. If you are already enjoying wine, obviously do so in moderation, but do not opt out of it entirely. If you have any questions regarding possible risks, seek out a physician’s opinion, based on your family history.

The Verdict

No matter how you look at it, in 2021, sustainability and eco-friendliness for both drinks will be the pressing issues. The way we make wine and coffee, alike, is changing in putting emphasis on carbon neutrality and finding more sustainable and ethical ways to churn out the liquid goodness for us all.

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